Iraq, ICORN, 2018


Photo: Krzysztof Zieliński

Iraqi poet, journalist, and Arabist Nada Al-Khawwam (born 1977 in Baghdad). was the first guest of the ICORN Fellowship for Cultural Professionals at Risk, newly established in 2018, from December 2018 to February 2020. In addition to giving a reading at the UNESCO World Poetry Day at the Brandenburg Gate Foundation and lectures at the Institute for Semitic and Arabic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, she participated in the ICORN General Assembly in Rotterdam. In October 2019, Al-Khawwam participated with a reading in the second edition of the Arab-German Literature Days, organized by the Gunda Werner Institute at the Heinrich Böll Foundation and Fann Magazine. At the end of her stay, a selection of her poems was published in the trilingual (Arabic/German/English) publication “Poems Along the River”. This volume of poetry can be ordered free of charge at


  • Gedichte entlang des Flusses / Poems Along the River
    Nada Al-Khawwam

    2020, Book

    Poet and journalist Nada Al Khawwam, born 1977 in Baghdad, studied Arabic literature, pedagogy and business administration in Iraq. Al Khawwam is a member of the Union for Arab Journalists in the EU and the Middle East Center for Development and Media Freedom, which she represents in Lebanon. In Beirut, she regularly takes part in symposia and conferences on social and economic topics. She is also a member of the Arab Association for Culture and Art and the Egyptian Writers’ Association. Her first book, “Treason the French Way”, was published by Dar Safsaf in Beirut. From December 2018 to February 2020, Al Khawwam was a guest of the Artists-in-Berlin Program as an ICORN fellowship holder.


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