WMU Department of Spanish instructor publishes new poetry collection, holds upcoming reading events

Dr. Hedy Habra, instructor in Western Michigan University’s Department of Spanish, has recently published a new poetry collection, "The Taste of the Earth." The collection of poems weave together personal history with the complex cultural heritage of Lebanon and Egypt.

Numerous copies of The Taste of the Earth book fanned out in a half circle

Habra is the author of four books of poems and short stories in English and a book of literary criticism in Spanish. Her work has won numerous awards both nationally and internationally. Her collection, "Tea in Heliopolis" won the USA Best Book Award, and "Under Brushstrokes," was a finalist for the 2015 USA Best Book Award and among the top finalists for the 2016 International Poetry Book Award.

She earned an M.A. and an M.F.A. in English, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish literature from WMU. Habra is a decorated instructor earning the WMU 2014 and the 2015-16 Excellence in Teaching Award, along with being honored at the WMU Alumni Achievements Award in 2013.

Past events

Author Event: Hedy Habra & Richard Katrovas Reading & Q&A
Time: 6 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 25
Location: Michigan News Agency, 308 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

Poets-In-Print: Hedy Habra & Natalie Eilbert Poetry Reading, Book & Broadside Signing
7 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 12
Location: Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI

To learn more about Habra and her work, visit www.hedyhabra.com.