Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse

Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse is a Senior Lecturer at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). While at AUIS, she started the English Department, introduced literary translation workshops and began translating Kurdish poetry. Levinson-LaBrosse is currently working on manuscripts of three prominent, contemporary Kurdish poets: Sherko Bekas, Kajal Ahmad and Abdulla Pashew. She received her MFA at Warren Wilson and a Master’s in English Education from the University of Virginia.

Iraqi-American Encounters: The Art of Social Justice

Vignettes of an American-Iraqi Art Festival in Kurdistan. SoJust, the Art of Social Justice, was an international arts festival designed by the English Department and Drama Program at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) to encourage the rising generation of intellectual, social activists in their current and future projects. It was backed by the US State Department and hosted... Continue Reading

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Kurdistan: Where Poets Are More Than Poets

Poets are setting people free, liberating thought through language. The auditorium fills. A janitor weaves through the crowd to unlock the upper balcony, and soon that fills, too. Men sit on each other’s knees, three to a seat, careful not to touch the women around them. Men fill the center aisle, flowing around the five video cameras that will broadcast the event to several television... Continue Reading

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