Alaiham Alkamakhly

I graduated from the University of Damascus, Department of Arabic Language, in 1994, and I continued my postgraduate studies in literary criticism until 1996. I worked as an Arabic language teacher in Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, and wrote about political articles in several Arab newspapers. I came to the United States more than four years ago and I have worked here as substitute teacher with Individual Dedicated to Excellence and Achievement (IDEA) Public Schools and intend to stay here for the rest of my life. I believe in the saying of the great poet Mahmoud Darwish (All people’s hearts are my nationality).  

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I have been writing poetry since I was a student at the Faculty of Arts, Department of Arabic Language, at Damascus University. My political and social experience contributed to enriching my poetic talent.  When I came to San Antonio and met its poets, some poet friends invited me to participate in writing poetry for specific events, so I wrote a poem titled "Uvalde the Day After", which was published on the ARTS ALIVE SAN ANTONIO website. Then I participated in reciting a poem about peace in both languages Arabic and English at an event entitled: “International Human Rights, Towards the Possibility of a Better World” at Northwest Vista College with the participation of many poets in San Antonio.  In the presence of the mayor, I participated in another event, "We Belong in San Antonio." reading my poem: "Stop the Killing – Spread Peace".   

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