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The Poetry of Egyptian Protest and the UAE's 'Prince of Poets'

There hasn’t yet been a January 25-inspired poem to hit the “Prince of Poets” TV show (granted, it’s only 6 a.m. on Jan. 26), nor anything as thoroughly enjoyable as the Jan. 517 more words


Poetry, Competition, and Courage

via MetaFilter, I learned the story of Hissa Hilal, a Saudi woman poet whose subversive, confrontational poetry has made her a finalist on the Saudi game show Million’s Poet. 179 more words

The Literary World

Guerrilla reading, Saudi style

One of the hottest reality shows in the Middle East these days is Millions’ Poet, where poets from around the region compete to be named best Arabic poet. 100 more words


Poetry News

On the international front recently, we’ve had Clive James refusing to take part in the “sad little contest” for Oxford poetry professor and female Saudi poet Hissa Hilal coming third in the Arab world’s largest poetry competition, the “ 219 more words


Hissa Hilal Edits Controversial New Poetry Collection, Still Called 'Saudi Housewife'

This is a two-part post.

Part one:

The award-winning poet Hissa Hilal, who ended up third in the most recent season of Million’s Poet, has recently edited a controversial collection of pre-1950s poems written by Bedouin women living in the Gulf. 358 more words

Million's Poet

Hissa Hilal's 'Message in a Bottle' is heard across the sea

Hissa Hilal did much more than take third place in a poetry competition, she blew through a previously indelible line in the sand.

Hilal was out ranked by her Kuwaiti male counterparts, … 542 more words


Update: Hissa Helal Finishes Third in Abu Dhabi's "Million's Poet"

Hissa Helal (or Hilal) was the woman who, wearing a burqa, made it to the final round of the Abu Dhabi TV show Million’s Poet by delivering a poem against Muslim preachers “who sit in the position of power” but are “frightening” people with their fatwas, or religious edicts, and “preying like a wolf” on those seeking peace.  70 more words