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Ammiel Alcalay
Position: Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures; MFA in Creative Writing & Translation, Queens College; Africana Studies; American Studies; Comparative Literature; Medieval Studies; Middle East, Middle East American Center, CUNY Graduate Center; Biography and Memoir Studies
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Phone: (646) 287-7230
Room Number: 4406.01
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center
Research Interests: Poetry and poetics, ancient, medieval and modern; textual scholarship; the Indigenous Americas, pre-colonial and post-colonial; colonialism and the cultures of decolonization; textual scholarship; the Cold War; the Beats, New American poetry, and African-American culture in local and international contexts; literatures and cultures of the Middle East and the Balkans; medieval studies; translation.
Specialization: African American Literature and Literary Theory|Literature after 1945|Medieval Literature|Poetics and Aesthetic Theory|Postcolonial, Transnational, and Global Literature and Theory
Selected Publications:
  • After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 1993).
  • the cairo noteboooks (Singing Horse Press, 1993).
  • Keys to the Garden: New Israeli Writing (City Lights, 1996).
  • Sarajevo Blues by Semezdin Mehmedinovic, translated from Bosnian (City Lights, 1998).
  • Memories of Our Future: Selected Essays, 1982-1999 (City Lights, 1999).
  • from the warring factions (Beyond Baroque, 2002).
  • Nine Alexandrias by Semezdin Mehmedinovic, translated from Bosnian (City Lights, 2003).
  • Outcast, a novel by Shimon Ballas, translated from Hebrew (City Lights Press, 2007).
  •  Islanders (City Lights, 2010)
  •  "neither wit nor gold" from then (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011)

Selected Recent Publications: 
  • a little history (re:public/UpSet Press, 2013) 
  • Robert Duncan in San Francisco, Michael Rumaker, co-edited (City Lights, 2013)
See Boston Review article on Alcalay’s a little history here.

Alcalay is the recipient of a 2017 Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award for his work on Lost & Found