Karen McNeil

Karen McNeil’s literary translations have appeared in Banipal, World Literature Today, and al-Jadid. She was revising editor of the Oxford Arabic Dictionary (2014) and is currently a PhD student in Arabic at Georgetown University. 

  • A delicate white flower with curled green leaves against a white background
    Photo: Evie Shaffer / Unsplash A Funeral Wash me with warm water and soap made of fresh olive oil anoint me with amber and camphor water with rose geranium and orange blossom water Swaddle me wit...
  • A close-up photo of a white pillow lying on a bed. The blue curtains can be seen, blurred, in the background with a hint of light from the outside streaming in.
       By Lamia Makaddem
    photo: Jason Trbovich/flickr Poetry was created to solve family problems Let me just say:this is why poetry was createdto solve family problems when neededand sometimes to wash the dishes and polish...
  • Cobblestones glittering under a street lamp
       By Inaya Jaber
    photo: arcaion/pixabay After work, my friend and I go to the Café de Prague in the heart of the Hamra district. As we sit at a table by the large window, looking out on the lighted street, I think a...

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