In this month’s podcast we introduce you to Ms. Faleeha Hassan. A portrait of strength in the face of dire circumstances, she invites us to feel the fire of a heart that refuses to accept defeat. Sharing her personal insight of life as a single mother, refugee and educator, she teaches us that although we cannot control the pain and anguish that comes with tragedy, we can determine our response to rise above the challenges. ~ Jane SpokenWord, WordCity’s Contributing Editor of Interviews and Podcasts
Faleeha Hassan is a Cultural Ambassador – Iraq, USA, a poet, teacher, editor, writer, playwriter born in Najaf, Iraq, in 1967, who now lives in the United States. She received her master’s degree in Arabic literature, and has published 25 books. Her poems have been translated into English, Turkmen, Bosevih, Indian, French, Italian, German, Kurdish, Spain, Korean, Greek, Serbian, Albanian, Pakistani, Romanian, Malayalam and the ODIA language.
Ms. Hassan has been the recipient of awards in Iraq and throughout the Middle East, as well as publications in a variety of American magazines. She garnered a Pulitzer Prize Nomination in 2018, a Pushcart Prize 2019, and IWA Winner of the Moonstone Chapbook Contest 2019.