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Poetic Borders and Landscapes

Khaled Mattawa’s lyrical cartography of human migration remembers, inspires

Fugitive Atlas, poet Khaled Mattawa’s fifth collection, arrives at a time when we have borders on the brain. From our heated social media diatribes over U.S. immigration policy to the…

Officially a Genius

Poet-translator Khaled Mattawa has won a MacArthur grant

…translations by Khaled Mattawa. Click here for more of Chapter 16‘s extensive coverage of Mattawa’s career. For more updates on Tennessee authors, please visit Chapter 16’s News & Notes page,…

From Libya to the Academy of American Poets—By Way of Tennessee

Khaled Mattawa has been named co-chancellor of the nation’s largest nonprofit poetry organization

Poet and translator Khlaled Mattawa left Libya when when he was fourteen, the year after Muammar Gaddafi’s forces began hanging “traitors” in the public square of Benghazi, Mattawa’s home city….

Another Prize for Mattawa

Khaled Mattawa has won Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize for literature in translationeld by The Society of Authors

February 8, 2012 The Society of Authors has awarded Khaled Mattawa the £3,000 Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize at a London event to celebrate literature in translation. The prizewinning collection is Selected…

"After 42 Years"

Libyan-born poet Khaled Mattawa considers the death of Gaddafi

October 26, 2011 When Muammar Gaddafi’s forces took over Libya, Khaled Mattawa was thirteen. Now the acclaimed poet and translator (and a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga)…

Another Honor for Mattawa

Khaled Mattawa wins the 2011 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation

August 10, 2011 Libyan-born (and University of Tennessee-educated) poet Khaled Mattawa has been in the news often during the last six months, thanks to his activism on behalf of the…