Etel Adnan

Mudam, Etel Adnan et les modernes

Born in Beirut to a Greek mother and Syrian father in 1925, Adnan was raised in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment acquiring a knowledge of Greek, Arabic, Turkish, French and English language. Following her studies in Paris, New York and Berkeley, California, she travelled extensively in Northern and Central America, as well as in North Africa. She has lived in Sausalito, California, where she taught philosophy at the Dominican College of San Rafael (1958-1972); in Beirut, Lebanon, where she worked as cultural editor for the daily paper Al-Safa and in Paris, France. In addition to her artistic work, she has published several collections of poetry, a novel, short stories, plays and essays, and is regarded as one of the most important contemporary writers in the Arab world. Her work has been featured in several significant international surveys including Documenta 13 (2012).


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September 8, 2019, Actress Elsa Rauchs reads poems by Etel Adnan’s “To look at the sea is to become what one is”.