Yahia Lababidi is an Egyptian-American thinker/poet, and the author of 6 books (in 4 genres). Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by World Literature Today, Lababidi has been featured on NPR, Al Jazeera, and in the Guardian, among other places. His forthcoming book, BALANCING ACTS: Collected Poems (1993-2014) will be published by Press 53 Silver Concho Poetry Series.
Lababidi's first book SIGNPOSTS TO ELSEWHERE (Jane Street Press) was selected as a 2008 Book of the Year by The Independent (UK). "Signposts" was followed by a well-received collection of literary and cultural essays, TRIAL BY INK: From Nietzsche to Belly Dancing; as well as two volumes of poetry, FEVER DREAMS; and BARELY THERE.
Lababidi's writing has been translated into several languages, including: Arabic, Hebrew, Slovak, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Swedish. Otherwise, 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).
Lababidi was chosen as a Juror for the 2012 Neustadt International Prize for Literature - a biennial award widely considered to be the most prestigious international literary prize after the Nobel Prize in Literature.
For more information, please, visit: http://www.pw.org/content/yahia_lababidi