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Hard Hat Reading: Mai Serhan

Writer and editor Mai Serhan reads Emily Berry’s “A Short Guide to Corseting” and an epistolary poem from her chapbook Cairo: the undelivered letters.

Serhan is a writer, editor, and translator. She holds a BA in English & Comparative Literature and MA in Arabic Studies from the American University in Cairo, and an MSt in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford.

She is the author of the award-winning poetry chapbook, CAIRO: the undelivered letters, the upcoming memoir, Return is a Thing of Amber, and the translator of, This is What Has Come to Be, a collection of Sayyed Darwish’s song lyrics, published by the American University in Cairo (2018).

Her writing has appeared in Anomaly, Oyster River Pages, Flash Fiction Magazine, Defunkt, Swamp, The Writers & Readers, Refuge, Oxford Magazine, Rusted Radishes, Narratively, The Vanity Papers, Jadaliyya and Arablit Quarterly. It has also received support from Winter Tangerine, Poet’s House, Poets & Writers, The Palestine Museum US, Millay Arts, and Vermont Studio Center.