Compiled on the occasion of Arab American poet and painter Etel Adnan’s receipt of Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, Homage to Etel Adnan is a collection of original writings composed in tribute by friends, colleagues and admirers of Etel Adnan and her work. A powerful convergence of creative minds working in dialog with Etel Adnan as axis and access point.
Contributors are Ammiel Alcalay, Jen Benka, David Buuck, Norma Cole, Steve Dickison, Thom Donovan, Sharon Doubiago, Simone Fattal, Robert Grenier, Benjamin Hollander, Joanne Kyger, Michael McClure, Stephen Motika, Nancy J. Peters, Csaba Polony, Megan Pruiett, Brandon Shimoda, Roger Snell, Cole Swensen, Stacy Szymaszek, Lynne Tillman, Fawwaz Traboulsi, and Anne Waldman.
Praise for Homage to Etel Adnan
Hailing “her vision, tenacity and brilliance,” the Award citation for Etel Adnan notes how her writing “equally complicated and sublime… depicts with deft and deep prowess the terrible labyrinths of political power and silence, identity and memory, and the ‘barely perceptible discouragements that make up day-to-day living.'” …Is it any surprise that the call to address Etel Adnan and her work produced some remarkable responses? These twenty-two writers, from the Bay Area to Beirut… count as a small fraction among the vast span of persons across scattered nations fortunate to have somehow crossed paths with her.
— Steve Dickison