Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar (VCUQatar) is hosting a book launch to celebrate the publication of ‘Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Contemporary Arabian Gulf Poetry’ on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th March in the atrium at VCUQatar at 4pm. There has never been an anthology of GCC poets before, and this unique collection features a wide range of poets, from 19 year old Bahraini Laala Kashef Al Ghata to HH Shekih Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE.
14 prominent poets from the region, plus translators and publishers will attend 2 days of poetry readings and panel discussions. The audience will get a chance to talk to the poets and discuss the important literary work that the VCUQatar staff have undertaken. The book was edited by Assistant Professor Patty Paine and Adjunct Professor Jeff Lodge, formerly of VCUQatar but now of VCU Richmond and Samia Touati, translator and researcher at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.