Yahia Lababidi

Yahia Lababidi is an internationally-acclaimed aphorist, poet, and essayist. His first book "Signposts To Elsewhere" (Jane Street Press) was selected as the 2008 Book of the Year by The Independent (UK). His other books were a well-received collection of literary and cultural essays, "Trial By Ink: From Nietzsche to Belly Dancing" (also available electronically from Common Ground Publishing) as well as a poetry collection, "Fever Dreams". Lababidi's latest is a collaboration, with author Alex Stein, on a series of literary dialogues, "The Artist Aa Mystic: Conversations with Yahia Lababidi". Lababidi's writing has been translated into several languages, including: Arabic, Hebrew, Slovak, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition, several video-poems based on his work have been shown at film festivals worldwide, while Lababidi has participated in international poetry festivals throughout the USA, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He is the only contemporary Arab writer featured in the encyclopedia, Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists, and the youngest poet included in the best-selling US college textbook, Literature: an Introduction to Reading and Writing (10th edition). His upcoming book, "Barely There," will be available from Wipf and Stock Publishers.

Aphorism: A Brief Art

Jun 01, 2013

In conversation with writer Yahia Lababidi, Yuna Rault-D'Inca finds out about the creative process behind the art of aphorisms.  Yuna Rault-D'Inca: Please explain to us, what exactly is an aphorism and in what way can they be poetic? And I challenge you to summarize the answers to each question in...

The Poet as Journalist of the Spirit

Nov 07, 2012

Can poetry help us through times of political upheaval? “It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”  – William Carlos Williams