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An encounter with a Translator Poet - Khaled Mattawa

On Thursday the 4th of October 2018, I had the pleasure of being invited to meet with  Khaled Mattawa , a Libyan poet, a renowned Arab-American writer, and a leading literary translator, focusing on translating Arabic poetry into English. Mattawa is the 2010 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Fellowship. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the PEN American Center Poetry Translation Prize, three Pushcart Prizes, and a MacArthur Fellowship ( Source ). The meeting was facilitated by the Wick Poetry Center  at Kent State Universit y. Khaled Mattawa was also invited to introduce the winner of THE STAN AND TOM WICK POETRY PRIZE,  Michael McKee Green  for his book ' Fugue Figure ' To celebrate the meeting with Khaled Mattawa, I have written two poems, in English and Arabic. These poems highlight the main ideas Mattawa shared with us. Please note th