Fady Joudah

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Fady Joudah has published four collections of poems, The Earth in the AtticAlightTextu, a book-long sequence of short poems whose meter is based on cellphone character count; and, most recently, Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance.

He has translated several collections of poetry from the Arabic and is the co-editor and co-founder of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize.

He was a winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2007 and has received a PEN award, a Banipal/Times Literary Supplement prize from the UK, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Houston, with his wife and kids, where he practices internal medicine.

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  1. […] Fady Joudah is a poet and a doctor. He is currently a hospitalist and is trained and certified in internal medicine. Joudah once worked with Doctors Without Borders and he thinks perhaps this in part helped prepare him for medicine in the time of pandemic. When we spoke, the COVID-19 outbreak had not yet peaked in Houston, Texas where he lives and works and so his response was thus far stress free. He questioned the current popular notion of medicine being “front line” and cited various examples of those who question the use of battlefield language in the medical field. He questioned why hospital janitors and nurse assistants are forgotten in this sort of rhetoric which uplifts doctors and nurses in a heroic manner. To hear more about his thinking on this as well as his poetry – Joudah is the author of four books of poetry – listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Fady Joudah is a poet and a doctor. He is currently a hospitalist and is trained and certified in internal medicine. Joudah once worked with Doctors Without Borders and he thinks perhaps this in part helped prepare him for medicine in the time of pandemic. When we spoke, the COVID-19 outbreak had not yet peaked in Houston, Texas where he lives and works and so his response was thus far stress free. He questioned the current popular notion of medicine being “front line” and cited various examples of those who question the use of battlefield language in the medical field. He questioned why hospital janitors and nurse assistants are forgotten in this sort of rhetoric which uplifts doctors and nurses in a heroic manner. To hear more about his thinking on this as well as his poetry – Joudah is the author of four books of poetry – listen to the complete interview. […]

  3. […] Fady Joudah is a poet and a doctor. He is currently a hospitalist and is trained and certified in internal medicine. Joudah once worked with Doctors Without Borders and he thinks perhaps this in part helped prepare him for medicine in the time of pandemic. When we spoke, the COVID-19 outbreak had not yet peaked in Houston, Texas where he lives and works and so his response was thus far stress free. He questioned the current popular notion of medicine being “front line” and cited various examples of those who question the use of battlefield language in the medical field. He questioned why hospital janitors and nurse assistants are forgotten in this sort of rhetoric which uplifts doctors and nurses in a heroic manner. To hear more about his thinking on this as well as his poetry – Joudah is the author of four books of poetry – listen to the complete interview. […]