Author Osama Alomar will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the university art gallery. The event is free and open to the public.
Born in Damascus, Syria, in 1968 and now living in Pittsburgh via Chicago, Alomar is one of the most well-respected Arabic poets writing today, and a prominent practitioner of the Arabic al-qisa al-qasira jiddan, the "very short story." He is the author of "Fullblood Arabian" in English, and three collections of short stories and a volume of poetry in Arabic. Alomar's first full-length collection of stories, "The Teeth of the Comb," was published by New Directions in April 2017. His short stories have been published by Newyorker.com, Noon, Conjunctions.com, The Coffin Factory, Electric Literature, and The Literary Review.
Alomar's visit is part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2017-2018 and is sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee and Minority Student Services.