The Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest) was established in 2008 with the aim of showcasing and supporting cultural life in Palestine, breaking the cultural siege imposed on Palestinians by the Israeli military occupation, and strengthening cultural links between Palestine and the rest of the world.
This evening’s event celebrates This Is Not A Border, a new anthology edited by Omar Robert Hamilton and Ahdaf Soueif, featuring statements of solidarity from Mahmoud Darwish, Chinua Achebe, J.M. Coetzee, Michael Ondaatje, and many others. The collection's co-editor, Omar Robert Hamilton, will be in conversation with Molly Crabapple and Remi Kanazi on the anthology, their work and the battles over narrative playing out across the world today.
“Every literary act, whether it is a great epic poem or an honest piece of journalism or a simple nonsense tale for children is a blow against the forces of stupidity and ignorance and darkness ... The Palestine Festival of Literature exists to do just that and I salute it for its work. Not only this year but for as long as it is necessary.” – Philip Pullman
Molly Crabapple is an artist, journalist, and author of the memoir, Drawing Blood. Called "An emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery" by the New Republic, she has drawn in and reported from Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi's migrant labor camps, and in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank, and Iraqi Kurdistan. Crabapple is a contributing editor for VICE, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
Remi Kanazi is a poet and writer based in New York City. He is the author of two collections of poetry – Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up From Brooklyn to Palestine and Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine – as well as the editor of Poets For Palestine. He is a Lannan Residency Fellow and an advisory committee member for the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
Omar Robert Hamilton is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. He is a co-founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature and co-editor of This Is Not a Border. His debut novel, The City Always Wins, was published in June.