The Quarantine Hotline #7 — Mona Kareem

An interview series in which we beat the lockdown blues reaching out to friends for a nice and informal telephone chat. In our seventh episode, Fernando Sdrigotti talks to Mona Kareem, who is currently in lockdown in New York, USA.

Some of the topics discussed: protest, postcolonialism in the USA, the trap of nationalism in minority movements, writing in a second language as a liberating act.

Mona Kareem (Kuwait, 1987) is a poet, translator, and scholar. She has published three poetry collections in Arabic – Naharaat maghsūla bi Ma-e el ’atash (2002), Ghiyab bi asabi’ mabthūra (2004), and Ma anamū min adjlihi el yaum (2016). Twitter: @monakareem.

Fernando Sdrigotti edits Minor Literature[s]. His latest book is JOLTS. Twitter: @f_sd

Music: Azul, Rodrigo Jávega, Creative Commons.