Dear readers, I am finally back! In March 2015, I gave birth to my beautiful daughter Emira. After moving from Bahrain to Italy, going back to Bahrain, then moving again, from Italy to the United States, I am now back in Italy, where I am looking for some inspiration. I hope you will enjoy my future posts!



Ali and the Cockroaches by Parker

20150222_192557 In his short story titled “Ali and the Cockroaches,” Guy Parker, a lecturer at the University of Bahrain, writes about Ali, a teenager with “a very unlucky problem,” who is desperate to change his life, but meets the wrong individuals. Ali is from Hamad Town and leaves his family to move to Adliya, a neighborhood of Manama, where the mystery unfolds.

Transference Literary Journal Call for Submissions


Call for submissions: Transference Literary Journal

Transference is published by the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University. Dedicated to the celebration of poetry in translation, the journal publishes translations from Arabic, Chinese, French and Old French, German, classical Greek, Latin, and Japanese into English verse. We feature translations as well as commentaries on the art and process of translating.

Submissions for our third issue will be accepted through February 28, 2015.  Submit online at

Western Michigan University
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of World Languages and Literatures
1903 West Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI

For questions, please contact David Kutzko and Molly Lynde-Recchia, editors at

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