The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center

The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center The Cheuse Center is an international literary center that connects writers and readers globally through events, residencies, and fellowships.

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"No Heart of Darkness in these pages. Gurnah gives us a more realistic mix of light and dark, of beautiful forests, dang...
10/08/2021
The Nobel Prize in literature goes to a Black writer for the first time since 1993

"No Heart of Darkness in these pages. Gurnah gives us a more realistic mix of light and dark, of beautiful forests, dangerous vines and snakes, and a patchwork of warring fiefdoms and wily traders right out of the Middle Ages." -Alan Cheuse, on Abdulrazak Gurnah's 1994 novel, Paradise

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/07/1043436576/nobel-prize-literature-2021

The Zanzibar-born novelist is known for his postcolonial works, examining refugee life in England and the effects of empire. He is the first Black person awarded the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993

We're so looking forward to ISO Break v.13 this Saturday, September 25 at 8am EST / 10pm AEST / 8pm PHT. Thrilled to be ...
09/23/2021

We're so looking forward to ISO Break v.13 this Saturday, September 25 at 8am EST / 10pm AEST / 8pm PHT. Thrilled to be hosting this in conjunction with Asia Pacific Writers & Translators and New York Writers Workshop!

Our 2021 International Fellow, Bewketu Seyoum, has been awarded the Bego Sew Award for Art!Founded by Dn. Daniel Kibret,...
09/19/2021

Our 2021 International Fellow, Bewketu Seyoum, has been awarded the Bego Sew Award for Art!

Founded by Dn. Daniel Kibret, the award honors people who are making a great contribution to Ethiopia and its people and society.

Join us in congratulating Bewketu!

Our 2021 International Fellow, Bewketu Seyoum, has been awarded the Bego Sew Award for Art!

Founded by Dn. Daniel Kibret, the award honors people who are making a great contribution to Ethiopia and its people and society.

Join us in congratulating Bewketu!

We're thrilled to announce that the first episode of our new podcast, Globally Lit, is now live! The goal of this podcas...
04/09/2021
Globally Lit - Episode 1

We're thrilled to announce that the first episode of our new podcast, Globally Lit, is now live! The goal of this podcast is to showcase a new work of international literature and translation in each episode. Listen on Soundcloud or Spotify: https://soundcloud.com/user-806669177/globally-lit_episode-1

This inaugural episode features an interview with Abdellah Taia, author of "A Country for Dying" (Seven Stories Press). Next, we have a conversation between writer/translator Laura Marris and Emma Ramadan, who just won the PEN America Translation Prize for her work on Taia's novel. Finally, Aliza Cohen, manager at the Potter's House cafe and bookstore in D.C., reviews the French graphic novel Beautiful Darkness (Drawn and Quarterly) by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët. Part-horror story and part-fairy tale, Beautiful Darkness examines innocence, death and growing up.

Special thanks to Books Across Borders for partnering with us on this project! Be sure to order the books we discuss from Riffraff Books at riffraffpvd.com

On our inaugural episode of Globally Lit, a podcast of international literature and translation, we first welcome Moroccan author Abdellah Taia to discuss his novel A Country for Dying. Next, the nove

The fourth installment of our "Ten Years After the Arab Spring" series with the Middle East Institute will feature Syria...
03/04/2021
Ten Years After The Arab Spring | Middle East Writers Reflect on the Arab Uprising Featuring Khaled Khalifa

The fourth installment of our "Ten Years After the Arab Spring" series with the Middle East Institute will feature Syrian writer Khaled Khalifa in conversation with award-winning novelist Elliot Ackerman. The two will be discussing Khalifa's most recent novel, "Death is Hard Work," and how the Syrian uprisings have impacted his writing.

The event will be held on March 17 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST. Register now: https://www.mei.edu/events/ten-years-after-arab-spring-middle-east-writers-reflect-arab-uprising-featuring-khaled

The Middle East Institute's Arts and Culture Center and the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University are pleased to host acclaimed Syrian author Khaled Khalifa for a talk about his most recent novel, Death is Hard Work, and how the Syrian uprisings have impacted his writin...

Our series "What Translation Sparks" continues with Poetry Dailythis Friday (Jan. 15) at 4pm EST. For more info and to r...
01/12/2021
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Our series "What Translation Sparks" continues with Poetry Daily
this Friday (Jan. 15) at 4pm EST.

For more info and to register, visit:
https://bit.ly/2K9BTAb

A monthly virtual series on poetry and translation presented by the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center and Poetry Daily.

Don't forget to join us TODAY at 8:00pm for our second "What Translation Sparks" conversation with Poetry Daily.For more...
12/18/2020
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Don't forget to join us TODAY at 8:00pm for our second "What Translation Sparks" conversation with Poetry Daily.

For more info and to register, visit:
https://bit.ly/38lsIop

A monthly virtual series on poetry and translation presented by the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center and Poetry Daily.

STARTING TODAY @ 12PM EST! Our inaugural event, with The Middle East Institute, for "Ten Years After the Arab Spring". W...
12/14/2020

STARTING TODAY @ 12PM EST! Our inaugural event, with
The Middle East Institute, for "Ten Years After the Arab Spring". We will be featuring Tunisian writer Yamen Manai, speaking about his newly translated novel, The Ardent Swarm.

Join the session via link below:
https://bit.ly/3qTs3Tx

And also, look out for upcoming events in future months!

STARTING TODAY @ 12PM EST! Our inaugural event, with
The Middle East Institute, for "Ten Years After the Arab Spring". We will be featuring Tunisian writer Yamen Manai, speaking about his newly translated novel, The Ardent Swarm.

Join the session via link below:
https://bit.ly/3qTs3Tx

And also, look out for upcoming events in future months!

DON'T MISS OUT!The Cheuse Center and the Middle East Institute's Arts and Culture Center is presenting "Ten Years After ...
12/11/2020
Webinar Series | Ten Years After the Arab Spring: Middle East Writers Reflect on the Arab Uprisings

DON'T MISS OUT!

The Cheuse Center and the Middle East Institute's Arts and Culture Center is presenting "Ten Years After the Arab Spring", a series of monthly talks with leading writers from the region. The events will feature the voices of award-winning writers from Arab Spring countries reflecting on the past ten years through the lens of their writings and personal experiences.
The inaugural event will take place on Monday, December 14 at 12:00 EST and feature award-winning Tunisian writer Yamen Manai discussing his newly translated novel "The Ardent Swarm".

For more info and to register, visit:
cheusecenter.gmu.edu or https://bit.ly/3miW9MR

The Middle East Institute's Arts and Culture Center and the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University are pleased to mark the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring with a series of monthly talks with leading writers from the region. Ten Years After The Arab Spring, which laun...

The Cheuse Center and the Middle East Institute's Arts and Culture Center are pleased to mark the 10th anniversary of th...
12/07/2020
Webinar Series | Ten Years After the Arab Spring: Middle East Writers Reflect on the Arab Uprisings

The Cheuse Center and the Middle East Institute's Arts and Culture Center are pleased to mark the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring with a series of monthly talks with leading writers from the region. "Ten Years After the Arab Spring", which launches this December, will feature the voices of award-winning writers from Arab Spring countries reflecting on the past ten years through the lens of their writings and personal experiences.

The inaugural event will take place on Monday, December 14 at 12:00 EST and feature award-winning Tunisian writer Yamen Manai discussing his newly translated novel "The Ardent Swarm".

Register below.

The Middle East Institute's Arts and Culture Center and the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University are pleased to mark the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring with a series of monthly talks with leading writers from the region. Ten Years After The Arab Spring, which laun...

Hi All!We will be teaming up with Poetry Daily to co-host a monthly virtual event on zoom, every Friday at 8pm. Our firs...
11/16/2020
What Translation Sparks

Hi All!

We will be teaming up with Poetry Daily to co-host a monthly virtual event on zoom, every Friday at 8pm. Our first event will be on November 20 and will feature: Dan Beachy-Quick, Kazim Ali, Forrest Gander, and Jennifer Grotz.

Register with link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-translation-sparks-tickets-124023801529

See you all there! Stay safe.

A monthly virtual series on poetry and translation presented by the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center and Poetry Daily.

This Thursday, Mexican Cultural Institute DC joins Fall for the Book in hosting Jazmina Barerra, 2013 Latin American Voi...
10/13/2020
Jazmina Barrera – Fall for the Book Festival

This Thursday, Mexican Cultural Institute DC joins Fall for the Book in hosting Jazmina Barerra, 2013 Latin American Voices prize winner. Her new book, On Lighthouses, showcases global lighthouses and their meaning to us as individuals. For more info and to RSVP:
https://fallforthebook.org/jazminabarrera/

2013 Latin American Voices prize winner Jazmina Barrera returns with her latest book, On Lighthouses, a critical and imaginative study of lighthouses around the world and their meaning to us as individuals. Part memoir and part literary history, Barrera navigates questions of isolation both as a sou...

DON'T FORGET! Conversation with Matt Davis presents Tara June Winch TONIGHT. Event begins at 4pm. RSVP at http://cheusec...
10/08/2020

DON'T FORGET! Conversation with Matt Davis presents Tara June Winch TONIGHT. Event begins at 4pm. RSVP at http://cheusecenter.gmu.edu

DON'T FORGET! Conversation with Matt Davis presents Tara June Winch TONIGHT. Event begins at 4pm. RSVP at http://cheusecenter.gmu.edu

Conversation with Matt Davis hosts Tara June Winch live upcoming Thursday, Oct. 10 @ 4:30pm. More information at http://...
10/07/2020

Conversation with Matt Davis hosts Tara June Winch live upcoming Thursday, Oct. 10 @ 4:30pm. More information at http://cheusecenter.gmu.edu. Follow for updates!

Conversation with Matt Davis hosts Tara June Winch live upcoming Thursday, Oct. 10 @ 4:30pm. More information at http://cheusecenter.gmu.edu. Follow for updates!

STARTING SOON! Our Day of Translation event is happening at 4:30 today. RSVP to attend. See you all there!
09/30/2020

STARTING SOON! Our Day of Translation event is happening at 4:30 today. RSVP to attend. See you all there!

STARTING SOON! Our Day of Translation event is happening at 4:30 today. RSVP to attend. See you all there!

Want to find out more about one of the amazing authors in conversation with our Director this Saturday? Justen Ahren is ...
07/16/2020
Justen Ahren

Want to find out more about one of the amazing authors in conversation with our Director this Saturday? Justen Ahren is a poet who has crossed borders literal and figurative to bear witness to what we might learn (from others, about ourselves) by exploring and experiencing different realities. Read his full biography, and find his first two collections of poetry below, and we'll see you this Saturday at the #1455litartsfest2020!

I am a poet, photographer, musician and writing workshop facilitator.  I’ve published two collections of poetry, A Strange Catechism (2013) and A Machine for Remembering (2019). My poems have been set to music by Grammy award-winning Composer Glen Roven, and Cuban composer Ileana Perez Valezquez...

Our Founding Director Matthew Davis will be in conversation with authors Justen Ahren and Robin Hemley in a panel called...
07/14/2020
1455 Summer Literary Festival

Our Founding Director Matthew Davis will be in conversation with authors Justen Ahren and Robin Hemley in a panel called "Crossing Boarders" this Saturday at 2:30! And you can find the full agenda for the #1455LitArtsFest2020 here:

The 2nd Annual 1455 Summer Literary Festival is a celebration of writers, readers, creativity, and community, over three days in July 2020.

Covid won't stop a good Literary Festival! Join us and 1455 this Saturday as we meet remotely for the second annual 1455...
07/13/2020
1455 Summer Literary Festival

Covid won't stop a good Literary Festival! Join us and 1455 this Saturday as we meet remotely for the second annual 1455 Lit Arts Fest! Register by following the link below:

The second 1455 Summer Literary Festival is a celebration of writers, readers, creativity, and community, over three days in July 2020.

We are excited to announce the recipients of this year's Cheuse Center MFA Travel Grants! Congratulations to @mason__cw ...
05/07/2020

We are excited to announce the recipients of this year's Cheuse Center MFA Travel Grants! Congratulations to @mason__cw MFA students Lena Crown (@lena_crown), O. Dada, and Emily Green.

Read more about these writers and their projects here ⬇️
https://cheusecenter.gmu.edu/fellowships/mfa-travel-grant/2020

We are excited to announce the recipients of this year's Cheuse Center MFA Travel Grants! Congratulations to @mason__cw MFA students Lena Crown (@lena_crown), O. Dada, and Emily Green.

Read more about these writers and their projects here ⬇️
https://cheusecenter.gmu.edu/fellowships/mfa-travel-grant/2020

From Iman Marsel's "How to Mend: Motherhood and Its Ghosts" to Naguib Mahfouz's "The Harafish," writer and activist Ahme...
04/30/2020

From Iman Marsel's "How to Mend: Motherhood and Its Ghosts" to Naguib Mahfouz's "The Harafish," writer and activist Ahmed Naji recommends five incredible works of literature from Egypt to add to #TBR list.

https://cheusecenter.gmu.edu/articles/14370

"Mariama Ba's So Long a Letter captures beautifully the tensions in three world views: African, Western, & Islamic, thro...
04/27/2020
Helon Habila's 7 Essential Books from Africa to Read

"Mariama Ba's So Long a Letter captures beautifully the tensions in three world views: African, Western, & Islamic, through the life experiences of the main character," writes Helon Habila in his spotlight on must-read African literature.

Read more about Helon's picks here:
https://cheusecenter.gmu.edu/articles/14324

Mason has moved to virtual instruction. Visit Mason's Coronavirus Information page for more information, including affected dates and frequently asked questions.

This week, the spotlight is on must read literature from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, courtesy of Courtney An...
04/23/2020
Must-Read Lit from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia

This week, the spotlight is on must read literature from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, courtesy of Courtney Angela Brkic! From Portraits of Sarajevo by Zlatko Dizdarevic to Trieste by Dasa Drndic, here are a few perfect #socialdistancing reads:

https://cheusecenter.gmu.edu/articles/14344

Share with us the works of literature from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia you recommend wholeheartedly!

Mason has moved to virtual instruction. Visit Mason's Coronavirus Information page for more information, including affected dates and frequently asked questions.

From the tale of a palm wine drinker in Amos Tutuola's The Palm-Wine Drinkard to the lives of 2 sisters during the Zimba...
04/16/2020
Helon Habila's 7 Essential Books from Africa to Read

From the tale of a palm wine drinker in Amos Tutuola's The Palm-Wine Drinkard to the lives of 2 sisters during the Zimbabwean civil war in Yvonne Vera's The Stone Virgins, here are Helon Habila's favorite books by African writers to add to your #TBR list:

https://cheusecenter.gmu.edu/articles/14324

Mason has moved to virtual instruction. Visit Mason's Coronavirus Information page for more information, including affected dates and frequently asked questions.

Join the Middle East Institute's Arts and Culture Center on Thursday, April 9th at 11:30 a.m. for a special (virtual) pa...
04/08/2020

Join the Middle East Institute's Arts and Culture Center on Thursday, April 9th at 11:30 a.m. for a special (virtual) panel on how artists and leaders are adapting during the coronavirus pandemic, and what they can do to lead new conversations about the arts and our culture.

Award-winning Tunisian artist eL Seed, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nadine Labaki, director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, Hoor Al Qasimi, & Chase Robinson, the Director of Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, will lead this discussion on the role of our creative communities.

You can be a part of this important conversation right from the comfort of your own home! The panel is free and open to the public, but you must RSVP at the link below:

https://mei.edu/events/arts-and-culture-panel-adapting-innovating-face-covid-19

What are you reading today? We are diving into this great essay by Autumn Watts about Qatari oral traditions, featured i...
02/13/2020
Enduring Tales: The Qatari Oral Tradition

What are you reading today? We are diving into this great essay by Autumn Watts about Qatari oral traditions, featured in Words Without Borders's February 2020 issue!

Magazine from the February 2020 issue Enduring Tales: The Qatari Oral Tradition Nonfiction by Autumn Watts Doha is a city in the midst of swift transformation. Between the wind-etched dunes of the Qatari desert and the bright shores of the Arabian Gulf, luxury towers, art museums, shopping malls, to...

We're excited to feature five incredible artists in our upcoming event, Unbound, a special discussion as part of The Joh...
02/02/2020

We're excited to feature five incredible artists in our upcoming event, Unbound, a special discussion as part of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts's literary mini-series, Boundless: Africa!

Read more about our featured artists' important work in the international literary community: https://cheusecenter.gmu.edu/articles/13957

As part of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts's mini-series, Boundless: Africa, the Cheuse Center is hos...
01/31/2020

As part of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts's mini-series, Boundless: Africa, the Cheuse Center is hosting Unbound, a special discussion featuring George Mason University professor Helon Habila and artists Gbenga Adesina, Panashe Chigamudzi, Ahmed Naji, and Ladan Osman.

Join us on February 4th in Merten Hall 1201 for this special event that explores the relevant issues that inform boundaries separating genres, geography, & time.

For a full schedule, visit The Kennedy Center's website: https://www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/festivals-series/boundless-Africa/

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Hi all! Join us as we present our 4th Day of Translation: The Translation of Theater on Sept. 30 at 4:30p. This year's panelists include Walter Chon, Caridad Svich, Rebekah Maggor, and Neil Blackadder. Together, we will be discussing how theater is translated across cultures and the state of theaters during the pandemic. RSVP to attend at cheusecenter.gmu.edu.