Osama Alomar

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 6:30pmRice Aron Library, Reading Room

Reading and Discussion

Marlboro College is excited to be hosting a reading and discussion by Osama Alomar, a Syrian essayist, short story writer, and musician currently living in exile in Pittsburgh. Especially recognized for his work in the "very short story" medium, Alomar has published three fiction collections in Arabic, as well as one volume of poetry. His short fiction has been translated in The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories (2017), which Publisher's Weekly called "Philosophical and subversive," noting, "These tiny parables deconstruct human failings with a keen insight." The 2007 winner of Egypt's Najlaa Muharam Short Story Contest, Alomar's work has been heard on the BBC Arabic Service and he is a regular contributor to various newspapers and journals in Syria and the Arab community, as well as literary journals in English like NoonCoffin Factory, and The Literary Review. The Brooklyn Rail says, "Alomar’s stories are alternatively hilarious, portentous, and utterly poetic."


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