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New Voices of Modern Arab Literature | Beirut39

“'What does a writer from a remote country like Yemen have to offer that is new to literature?' I never raised this question to myself with such urgency in my own country, but my stay in America shocked me to awareness, and I realized that good writing is writing characterized by authenticity, that is, by the writer’s return to his roots and native environment, and his ability to find inspiration in them." — Wajdi Al-Ahdal

The Alliance of Artists Communities has joined Hay Festival's Beirut39 in supporting a new generation of Arab writers by offering residencies to Beirut39 writers in host sites throughout the world in 2010-2013. Download the publication documenting this project:
- English-only version
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- English-only version (low resolution)
- English/Arabic version to be released Fall 2013

Alliance of Artists Communities' residency programs support living artists in the creation of new work, in the belief that the cultivation of new art and ideas is essential to human progress. Over the course of 3 years, 18 residency programs in the U.S., Europe, and North Africa hosted Beirut39 writers, building greater pathways for cultural understanding in communities around the world. [read more]
"These 39 Arab writers have flung open the doors on Arabic culture inviting the reader to transcend cultural boundaries and land in a region known as the ‘Arab World.'" (Hanan al-Shaykh) The Beirut39 competition set out to identify and honor writers who are at the start of their careers and who are often struggling to find a wider audience. The 39 writers that have been selected are some of the most exciting new voices of Arab literature, and hail from throughout the Arab world [view map]. [read more]
Starting with pilot residencies at La Napoule Art Foundation (a US-based organization operating a residency at the Clews Center for the Arts in France) 30 residencies for 18 writers were hosted at 18 different residency programs across the US – from Santa Fe to Santa Monica, from an island off Puget Sound to a historic house on a Midwestern prairie – and in Turkey, Italy, Morocco, France, and the United Arab Emirates. [read more]

Funding to the Alliance of Artists Communities for this project is provided by The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art | Building Bridges Program and the National Endowment for the Arts.