Poetry. Women's Studies. LGBT Studies. Middle Eastern Studies. Introduction by Lisa Robertson. WANTING IN ARABIC is a refusal of convenient silences, convenient stories. The author dwells on the contradictions of a transsexual poetics, in its attendant disfigurations of lyric, ghazal, l'ecriture feminine, and, in particular, her own sexed voice. Without a memory of her father's language, the questions her poems ask are those for a home known through photographs, for a language lost with childhood. Braiding theoretical concerns with the ambivalences of sexed and raced identity, with profound romanticism, WANTING IN ARABIC attempts to traverse the fantasies of foundational loss and aggressive nostalgia in order to further a poetics of a conscious partiality of being, of generous struggle and comic rather than tragic misrecognition.
2014 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender FictionInterview @ CBC Books
Trish Salah's recent writing appears in the journals Eleven Eleven, Feminist Studies, Journal of Medical Humanities, No More Potlucks, The Volta/Evening Will Come, West Coast Line and in the anthologies, Féminismes électriques, Sexing the Maple: A Canadian Sourcebook, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. In support of her research on the emergence of Transgender Minor/ity Literatures, Salah has been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant. She is co-editor of a special issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly on cultural production, published in 2014. She is the author of two books of poetry, WANTING IN ARABIC (TSAR Publications, 2002 & 2013), and LYRIC SEXOLOGY, VOL. 1 (Roof Books, 2014). She is assistant professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Author City: WINNIPEG, MB CAN