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Connections: Poetry, translation, and the impact on war-torn communities

Lebanese poet Jawdat Fakhreddinewrote his collection of poems, Lighthouse for the Drowning, while living in exile in the United States during Lebanon's civil war. The book was published in Arabic in 1996, and in 2017, BOA Editions published the first English translation. 

Fakhreddine is in Rochester for a bilingual poetry reading organized by BOA, but first, we talk to him about the story behind the collection, how poetry can serve as a symbol of liberation for war-torn communities, and how universal truths resonate across cultures. Our guests:

  • Jawdat Fakhreddine, author of Lighthouse for the Drowning
  • Huda Fakhreddine, Jawdat's daughter and co-translator for Lighthouse for the Drowning
  • Peter Connors, publisher for BOA Editions
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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.

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