Professor Ammiel Alcalay is a poet, translator, critic and scholar; he teaches in the department of Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures at Queens College and is a member of the faculties of Comparative Literature, English, and Medieval Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has taught a wide range of courses at Queens and is the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award; he was also given an Innovative Teaching Award to develop his course Images of the Middle East which he has taught in both Media Studies and CMAL.
His latest work, from the warring factions (Beyond Baroque, 2002), is a book length poem dedicated to the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. Poetry, Politics & Translation: American Isolation and the Middle East, a lecture given at Cornell, was published in 2003 by Palm Press. His other books include After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 1993), the cairo noteboooks(Singing Horse Press, 1993), and Memories of Our Future: Selected Essays, 1982-1999 (City Lights, 1999). He has also translated widely, including Sarajevo Blues (City Lights, 1998) and Nine Alexandrias (City Lights 2003) by the Bosnian poet Semezdin Mehmedinovic , and Keys to the Garden: New Israeli Writing(City Lights, 1996). Current projects include translation of a Hebrew novel, Outcast, by Shimon Ballas, and two books of essays, Politics & Imagination, and Landscapes: a little history. He has been a regular contributor to the Village Voice and his poetry, prose, reviews, critical articles and translations have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the New Yorker, Time Magazine, al-Ahram, The New Republic, Grand Street, Conjunctions, Sulfur, The Nation, and various other publications in the United States and abroad. His writings on film have appeared in AfterImage.
Prof. Alcalay has been involved as an activist on many domestic and international issues and is on the advisory board of a range of non-profit organizations promoting cultural awareness of different parts of the world (these include ArtEast and Archipelago in New York; Beyond Baroque and the Levantine Center in Los Angeles; Preservation of Sound Archives at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, and the International Forum on Bosnia in Sarajevo).
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