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Poetry Reading: Peter Twal
Start Date: 11/2/2018Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 11/2/2018End Time: 9:00 PM
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Peter Twal, Arab-American poet and winner of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize, will read from his prizewinning poetry collection Our Earliest Tattoos (University of Arkansas Press) on Friday, November 2.

The reading will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Stage 18 as part of the second annual Open Mouth Poetry Festival. Copies of Our Earliest Tattoos will be available for signing and purchase after the event.

A first generation Arab-American whose roots reach back to the small town of Madaba, Jordan, Twal was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. A poet and a professional electrical engineer, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2010, going on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame in 2014. His poems have appeared in magazines such as The Believer, Best New Poets, Kenyon Review Online, West Branch Wired, and elsewhere.

Twal’s inaugural poetry collection, Our Earliest Tattoos was chosen by Etel Adnan series editors Hayan Charara and Fady Joudah as the winner of the 2018 Prize. Our Earliest Tattoos challenges traditional notions about memory, forcing readers to confront the cruelty of how we blend collective and individual wounds to form constructed selves. The poems are written in sonnet form while at the same time bucking convention.

This reading is sponsored by the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies, the Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Arkansas, and the University of Arkansas Press, in partnership with the Open Mouth Reading Series, a non-profit community-based poetry series located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. For more information on the 2018 Open Mouth Poetry Festival, visit

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Off Campus
Contact Information:
Name: Nani Verzon
Phone: 479.575.2175
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