Penny Johnson is the co-editor, along with Raja Shehadeh, of Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home (Women Unlimited, Delhi 2012; Interlink/Olive Branch Press, United States 2013), to which she also contributed an introduction. She is an associate researcher at the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University, Palestine; her most recent publication, along with Rita Giacaman, is ‘Our Life is Prison: The Triple Captivity of Wives and Mothers of Palestinian Political Prisoners,’ in the autumn 2013 issue of the Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies.
She is also an associate editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly, a publication of the Institute of Palestine Studies. Her latest contribution to the Quarterly is an essay ‘Take My Camel: The Disappearing Camels of Jerusalem and Jaffa’ in the spring 2013 issue.
‘How can an essentially sad story give such pleasure? The answer is in these narratives: these stories, memoirs, poems are a pleasure and an education; personal, vivid, original, sometimes witty, always accomplished, always honest. They are a testimonial to the human spirit, and to the growing contribution of Palestine to literature.’—Ahdaf Soueif on Seeking Palestine