Poetry. Middle Eastern Studies. Trilingual Edition. Full text in English, Arabic, and Hebrew. "These poems are burning off the pages with a rhythm embedded in fury and a beauty embedded in the ancient"—Antjie Krog. "Khoury's poetry is fired by belief in the human and the spiritual at a time when many of us feel unreal and often spiritually hollow"—Yair Huri. "Written in water and ink, in between the shed blood. Nidaa Khoury's poems take us to the bosom of an ancient woman, an archetype revived. The secret she whispers is 'smaller than words'"—Karin Karakasli.
Nidaa Khoury was born in the Upper Galilee village of Fassouta in 1959. Khoury has published seven books of poetry, most of them in Arabic. The Barefoot River (1990) was published in Arabic and Hebrew, and The Bitter Crown (1997), censored in Jordan in 1997, was republished as Rings of Salt in 1998. The works of the Palestinian poet have been studied at the University of Haifa and the Hebrew University and has been widely reviewed by the Arab press. She regularly participates in international conferences such as the Conference of Arab Poets (Amsterdam), the Conference of Human Rights and Solidarity with the Third World (Paris), Poetry Africa (Durban), the Poetry Festival of Jordan, the International Poetry Festival of Medellin, the St. Martin Book Fair, and the Napoli Conference on Human Rights. The mother of four works for the Association of Forty, a human rights organization for the full acceptance of the "Unrecognized Arab Villages" in Israel. She is a founding member of the Path to Peace organization and is a member of the General Union of Arab Authors in Israel and of the General Union of Authors of Israel. In 2010, Nidaa Through Silence, a short documentary by Omri Lior about the poet, won first prize at the 8th annual Global Art Film Festival. Other books of poetry by Nidaa Khoury are The Prettiest of Gods Cry (2000), The Culture of Wine (1993), The Belt of Wind (1990), Braid of Thunder (1989), and Declaring My Silence (1987). She is currently teaching at Ben- Gurion University. BOOK OF SINS is the first trilingual book of poetry by Nidaa Khoury. It is also the first title with the translation of a full English collection by this important Middle Eastern poet published in the Caribbean and the Americas.Author City: Fassouta ISR