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Reading | Words in Response to War

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This 40-minute reading features the powerful works from poets Dania Ayah Alkhouli and Katia Aoun Hage. They will each explore and perform poetry reflecting on their personal journey as women navigating the experience, effects, and memories of war. What lingers and remains after war has come and gone to a place? We invite you along on this journey of reflection and healing. Dania will be reading from Contortionist Tongue, and Katia will be reading from After the War, the Women Spoke.

Dania Ayah Alkhouli

Dania Ayah Alkhouli (a.k.a. Lady Narrator) is a Syrian writer, blogger, poet, editor, and author, born and raised in Southern California. Alkhouli earned her B.A. in Sociology and her M.A. in Public Policy & Administration from Cal State Long Beach. She published her debut book at 19, titled 91 at 19. In 2017 she released her second poetry book, Oceans & Flames, a collection of poetry shedding light on her experience with, and survival of, domestic violence. This year, she released her third collection, Contortionist Tongue, through Moon Tide Press. Her work centers on feminism, mental health, sexuality, identity, culture, religion, her war-torn homeland, Syria, and on grief, loss, and death. In 2012, Alkhouli and her mother co-founded the nonprofit organization, A Country Called Syria, a set of traveling exhibitions and events showcasing the history and culture of their country.

Katia Aoun Hage

Katia Aoun Hage, born in Cameroon, grew up in Lebanon during times of unrest and war. She resides currently in Redlands, CA with her family. Katia is a musician, poet, and artist. Her first book "After the War, the Women Spoke" was published in 2018 by Cholla Needles. Through poetry and paintings, she delves into the lingering and remnant feelings scaring generations of Lebanese women after the many wars which have ravaged her country. In addition, Katia founded in 2019 a publishing company, Elyssar Press, whose goal is to provide a platform of expression from authors and artists with different backgrounds and languages.

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