Khaled Mattawa

Mattawa Photo © Khairy Shaaban

Khaled Mattawa is the author of five volumes of poetry, most recently Mare Nostrum (2019; see WLT, Winter 2020, 91). A MacArthur Fellow, he teaches at the University of Michigan and edits Michigan Quarterly Review.

  • A beach dissolves into a shallow sea, beneath a purpled sky laced with wispy clouds
    Photo: Mozambique Channel by Rod Waddington / Flickr after Goethe’s Divan   1. Find the poet by the channel of Mozambique flown south to taste the air of the first migrants, Al-Khidr’s pr...
  • The cover to Mare Nostrum by Khaled Mattawa
    Louisville, Kentucky. Sarabande Books. 2019. 36 pages.  Khaled Mattawa’s Mare Nostrum is a lyrical account of the plight of migrants fleeing into Europe during Italy’s Mare Nostrum operation...

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