Summer 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 3 Nonfiction |

A Conversation with Fady Joudah

Fady Joudah was born on New Year's Day in 1971 in Austin, Texas, to Palestinian refugee parents. He grew up in Libya and Saudi Arabia, speaking Arabic as his first language. After receiving an undergraduate degree in microbiology at the University of Georgia, he went on for his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia and subsequently received training in internal medicine at the University of Texas in Houston, where he served as chief medical resident. Later he served as an emergency room physician in the Veterans Hospital in Houston for eight years. Currently he works in clinics in the Houston area; he has also traveled twice, to Darfur and to Zambia, with the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders. Joudah's wife, Hana, is a physician at the Baylor Medical College, specializing in infectious diseases. They have a one-year-old son, Ziyad. Hana's daughter, Mona, completes their family of four. Joudah's poetry is rich with the influences and styles of both Amer

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David Baker is the author or editor of many books of poetry and criticism. His latest collection of poems, Whale Fall, was published by W. W. Norton in July 2022. Baker taught at Kenyon 1983–84 and began a long association with The Kenyon Review then, including service for more than twenty-five years as poetry editor. He continues to curate the magazine’s annual environmental feature, “Nature’s Nature.” Baker is emeritus professor of English at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, where he offers two classes each spring semester.

Fady Joudah was the recipient of the Griffin International Poetry prize in 2013. His latest poetry collections are Alight and Textu, from Copper Canyon Press. Textu is written in meter based on the character count of smart phones. He is a practicing physician of internal medicine.

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