Arab American National Museum
The George Ellenbogen Poetry Award Winner
Inspired by stories people told the author during a visit to Haiti, her birthplace, in 2011, the prose poems in this collection are flash reportages about life on the island of Hispaniola. Many of the short works in The Republics portray devastating personal histories and community pain in the wake of the 2010 earthquake.
Nathalie Handal is the author of Poet in Andalucía, Love and Strange Horses, a Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award winner, and is coeditor of Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond. She is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, recipient of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature, the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award, and an Honored Finalist for the Gift of Freedom Award, among other honors. She teaches at Columbia University and is the editor of “The City and the Writer” for Words without Borders magazine.