Hazem Fahmy reviews “The Kingdom of Surfaces” by Sally Wen Mao.
Hazem Fahmy is a writer and critic from Cairo. A PhD student in Middle Eastern studies at Columbia University, he runs the literary newsletter wust el-balad on Substack. His debut chapbook, Red//Jild//Prayer won the 2017 Diode Editions Contest, and his second, Waiting for Frank Ocean in Cairo, was published in 2022 by Half Mystic Press. A Kundiman and Watering Hole fellow, he has or will have writing appearing in The Best American Poetry 2020, Boston Review, Prairie Schooner, MUBI Notebook, Reverse Shot, and Mizna. His performances have been featured on Button Poetry and Write About Now.
Hazem Fahmy asks Claire Schwartz about her new collection of poems, “Civil Service.”
Hazem Fahmy considers “Villainy” by Andrea Abi-Karam.