Upcoming Events & Recent News

  • January 26th, 7:00 pm Reading Event: Fifth Wednesday Journal
    Kalamazoo Poets Read For You: Nancy Eimers, Matt Jordan, Andrew Wickenden & Hedy Habra. Moderator: William Olsen.
    Book Signing and Q&A Center for the Humanities, WMU 2500 Knauss Hall

  • Feb 9th to 11th, 2017 AWP Conference Washington DC.  Book Signing: Tea in Heliopolis and Under Brushstrokes at Press 53 Booth 387!!
    Thursday 2:00 pm; Friday 10:00 am; Saturday 10:00 am

  • Feb 10th, 2017, Friday 2:00-4:00. AWP Conference Washington DC.
    Off-site Reading with Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts. Truth to Power: Writers Respond Anthology at the Historic Sixth Street Synagogue

  • Feb 11th, 2017, Saturday 4:30 pm Room 102A, Washington Convention Center, Level 1
    AWP Conference, Washington DC.
    Panel on “Immigration: Cultural Binding, Creative Chaos & The Survival of International Writers.”
    How does immigration affects writers’ creative pursuits in a different country?
    This year out of 1,465 proposals submitted, 522 have been selected! With Kalpna Singh-Chitnis, Alexander Cigale, Octavio Quintanilla, Deema Shehabi & Hedy Habra

  • February 23rd, Thursday, 6:30. Alchemy Poetry Reading: “Echolocation.” Poems inspired by Wadada Leo Smith art exhibit. Ankhrasmation: The Language Scores.
    Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park, Kalamazoo 49007

  • March 16, Thursday, 5:30-8:00 pm: Alchemy Suite of Dialogues Readings. Coordinators: Arnie and Debby Johnston. Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University.

  • April 19th, Wednesday 7:00pmImmigration & Justice for our Neighbors Anthology Reading:
    Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Kalamazoo College, 205 Monroe St. Kalamazoo, MI 4006.

  • April 20th, Thursday,6:30-9:30 pm: Alchemy Suite of Monologues Readings. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park, Kalamazoo 49007

  • May 9th, Tuesday, 6:30. Friends of Poetry Presents Alchemy. Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S Rose St Kalamazoo MI 49007.

  • May 16th, 6-8 pm: Magic Realism Writer Workshop with Hedy Habra.  Portage District Library, 300 Library Ln, Portage, MI 49002
    Habra will examine Magic Realism and its relationship with Fantastic literature and other artistic movements, such as Surrealism. In this workshop, Habra will explain the influence of Latin American literature on her own work and highlight some magical realistic techniques in stories by prominent Latin American authors as well as in excerpts from her fiction and poetry

Recent Hedy Habra News!

    Thrilled and honored to have my poem, “Deeper Than Tattoo,” nominated for a Pushcart! Thanks so much, Bill and Kate Lantry for including my work in your beautiful Peacock Journal, and for selecting this poem!

  • Under Brushstrokes is among five Award-Winning Finalists in the “Poetry” category of the 2016 International Book Awards

  • Hedy Habra: Guest Poetry Editor, evaluated 16 finalist poems for Alba de América‘s Concurso literario internacional de poesía: En el Bicentenario de la Independencia de las Provincias Unidas del Sur 1816-2016

  • Hedy Habra: Guest Poetry Editor for Prime Number Magazine, a publication of Press 53. Submit & click here to read Habra’s three poems in issue 89!
    Judge for 53-word Story Contest Press 53
    Hedy Habra PTI 2015-2016 Excellence in Teaching Award Western Michigan UniversityUnder Brushstrokes: Award-winning Finalist in the “Poetry” Category of the USA Best Book Award!

    World Literature Today nominated: “How Much of Yourself Remains Within the Walls of a Home” and “A Bird’s Song, Unraveled”
    Pirene’s Fountain nominated “Visiting my Mother in Montreal”

    Change Seven Magazine nominated “Shipwrecked” from Under Brushstrokes
    Press 53 nominated “The Apple of Granada” from Under Brushstrokes.

Meet Hedy


Hedy Habra is a poet and essayist, of Lebanese origin, born and raised in Heliopolis, Egypt. She teaches Spanish at Western Michigan University where she obtained her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature. Her creative writing and critical studies have appeared in numerous literary magazines.

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