Biography of Fady Joudah
Fady Joudah is a Palestinian-American poet and physician. He is the 2007 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition for his collection of poems The Earth in the Attic.
Joudah was born in Austin, Texas in 1971 to Palestinian refugee parents, and grew up in Libya and Saudi Arabia. He returned to the United States to study to become a doctor, first attending the University of Georgia in Athens, and then the Medical College of Georgia, before completing his medical training at the University of Texas. Joudah currently practices as an ER physician in Houston, Texas. He has also volunteered abroad with the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders.
Joudah's poetry has been published in a variety of publications, including Poetry magazine, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Drunken Boat, Prairie Schooner and Crab Orchard Review.
In 2006, he published The Butterfly's Burden, a collection of recent poems by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish translated from Arabic, which was a finalist for the 2008 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.
In 2012, Joudah published Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, and Other Poems, a collection of poems by Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan translated from Arabic, which won the 2013 International Griffin Poetry Prize.
His most recent book of poetry, Alight was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2013.
Fady Joudah Poems
I now release from my blood the bird of thirty she wasted that's how wars crumble us I now tell those who are exhausted from the expense of children the secret of happiness and happiness itself
My daughter wouldn't hurt a spider That had nested Between her bicycle handles
When the Grandmother Dies
it'll be kept secret from her four daughters
Thank you for dreaming of me for letting me know for waking up to remember that you dreamed I never wake up when I dream of you
Thank you for dreaming of me
for letting me know
for waking up to remember that you dreamed
I never wake up when I dream of you
What woke you up
was it someone
A small thrill a little secret is ours
a desire for safe travel
in unspilled blood