Hind Shoufani

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Hind Shoufani, a Palestinian filmmaker/writer, born in Lebanon as a refugee in 1978, has lived in many cities in the Middle East. In 2002, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to NYU to obtain a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from Tisch. She recently completed a writer residency at the Iowa International Writing Program from Iowa University as well as performing spoken word in the Frankfurt book fair, in the Berlin poetry festival and in the City of Asylum Jazz poetry festival in the USA.

She is the author of two books of poetry titled More Light than Death Could Bear and Inkstains on the Edge of Light, published by xanadu* and Whole World Press. She is currently working on her third book of poetry.

Her poetry is narrative, direct free verse and deals with themes of lust, loss, politics and the act of writing itself, influenced by her nomadic life between Arab cities and her extended stays in Europe/the USA.

Hind has worked in various cities as a freelancer in Film/TV/Print media as a writer, producer, director, editor and on-screen reporter. Currently she is completing her first feature art house documentary on her father and his history with the leftist factions of the PLO, and is also in development on a narrative script, a love story feature film set in NYC, Beirut and Amman.

She is the founder of the Poeticians collective, where poets from all backgrounds read multilingual spoken word and poetry in Beirut/Dubai. Their work and thoughts and ambitions and sorrows can be found at www.poeticians.com.

She is interested in glitter and light, a free and secular Palestine, writing poetry to combat bitterness, female rights and liberties in the Middle East, bonding with like-minded artists all over the world, traveling, reading late late at night, as well as dancing to sensual music, updating her Poeticians website and hunting for colorful shiny Indian bindis for her forehead in Dubai.

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