Nathalie Handal

Poet, Playwright & Essayist

Nathalie Handal was raised in Latin America, France and the Arab world, educated in the United States and United Kingdom, and has moved between cities in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and the United States most of her life. Poet, playwright. essayist and literary travel writer, her recent books include the flash collection The Republics,  lauded as “one of the most inventive books by one of today’s most diverse writers,” and winner of the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing and the Arab American Book Award; the bestselling bilingual collection La estrella invisible / The Invisible Star; the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía; and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, which The New York Times says is “a book that trembles with belonging (and longing).” Handal is the editor of the groundbreaking classic The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award, and named one of the top 10 Feminist Books by The Guardian; and co-editor of the W.W. She writes the literary travel column The City and the Writer for Words without Borders.


67. The Politics of Poetry 

The Masonic Lodge

Is poetry political? Why do you think Northern Ireland has produced so many remarkable poets from Heaney to Muldoon, Longley to Laird? At a time of political conflict perhaps poets have a permission to say what others can’t say. Poetry is about identity, where you are from, the forces that make you and the politics […]


5. Four Megatrends that Will Change the World Sold Out

Secret Garden

10 years ago Facebook barely existed, the iPhone had just been launched, Russia was in the G8, Donald Trump was a failing reality TV host and AngloIrish bank was voted the best bank in Europe. How things change! We identify the mega trends that will change our world from economics to populism, technology, migration and […]