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Cheuse Center produces Narrating the Middle East: The DC Arab Literature Festival

Cheuse Center produces Narrating the Middle East: The DC Arab Literature Festival

The Cheuse Center for International Writers partnered with the Middle East Institute (MEI) Arts and Culture Center and the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation to create a two-day virtual, literary festival Narrating The Middle East: The DC Arab Literature Festival. “Literature offers audiences a chance to see the world through the eyes of others and the DC Arab Literature Festival is a window into the complex issues that writers in the Middle East are grappling with today,” said Kate Seelye, Executive Vice President at the Middle East Institute.

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Fall for the Book Wins Inaugural ArtsFairfax Arts Innovation Award

Fall for the Book Wins Inaugural ArtsFairfax Arts Innovation Award

New in 2022, the Arts Innovation Award recognizes an organization that has implemented nontraditional or inventive approaches to their art form and has uniquely engaged audiences in the arts. In recognition of their forward-thinking literary programming, Fall for the Book is the Arts Innovation Award’s inaugural recipient.

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Alumna Julija Pivo wins Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to Lithuania

Alumna Julija Pivo wins Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to Lithuania

Julija Pivo, 2020 graduate from Mason’s BFA program, has won a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Fellowship to Lithuania, starting in Summer 2022. The award not only caps an impressive career at Mason, but also brings a family journey full circle: Pivo’s late father was a Fulbright scholar from Lithuania to America from 2000 - 2001.

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Breaking the Silence in Stillhouse Press’s How to Bury a Boy at Sea 

Breaking the Silence in Stillhouse Press’s How to Bury a Boy at Sea 

Phil Goldstein hid his trauma for almost twenty years. A survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of his older brother, Phil did what most male victims do -- he locked his past away from the world. Today, Phil can celebrate the end of that long-held silence through the release of his debut volume of poetry, How to Bury a Boy at Sea published by Stillhouse Press in April of 2022. This arresting collection renders the complexities unique to male survivors of sexual abuse with clarity and bravery, a critical and too-often ignored storyline.

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Poet Wins Prestigious Stella Prize with Debut Work

Poet Wins Prestigious Stella Prize with Debut Work

"Goorie-Koori author Evelyn Araluen has been announced as the 2022 winner of the highly-coveted Stella Prize. The annual women's award recognises outstanding writing by a local author, and furnishes the winner with a lucrative prize [of $60,000.]"
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Arundhati Roy Speaks on Contemporary India

Arundhati Roy Speaks on Contemporary India

"Roy said that she recently asked a pilot friend of hers whether he could fly a plane backwards. 'He laughed out loud,' she said. 'I said "this is exactly what is happening here". The leaders of this country are flying the plane in reverse, everything is falling, and we are headed for a crash.'"
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