Salon Marocain: On Souffles-Anfas and Morocco






a view of Casablanca, painted by Anna Alworthy

The Markaz welcomes you back on Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7 pm to its new series of literary salons or tertulias (Spanish for literary-social gathering) to talk about Morocco today and yesterday. The Salon Marocain takes place in a comfortable artistic setting, and is the second in a regular monthly series (next up, Algeria, March 1st!).

You needn't necessarily be Moroccan—indeed, everyone's welcome (including other North Africans), and the conversation is open. Personal stories, professional experiences and thoughtful opinions are welcome, as are poems, short (short) stories, and brief discussion of recent books, movies and music.

Please note, 7 pm doors open for a meet-and-greet, the program begins at 7:30 pm and includes Moroccan mezze.

This salon's very special guests are Souffles-Anfas co-editors Olivia Harrison and Teresa Villa-Ignacio. They will discuss the rich heritage of Moroccan literature, joined by Francophone poet-publisher Guy Bennett and UCLA associate professor Lia Brozgal.  The conversation turns around Souffles-Anfas, the Moroccan journal of culture and politics and celebrates the recent publication of Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics (Stanford UP, 2016). Founded in 1966 by Abdelatif Laâbi and a small group of avant-garde Moroccan poets and artists, then banned in 1972, Souffles-Anfas was one of the most influential literary, cultural and political reviews to emerge in postcolonial North Africa.

The conversation and poetry readings will be followed by social networking and mixing among the participants and the audience.

This program is free for Markaz members. Non-member requested contribution for the evening is $10 ($5 students), provided you make a reservation; the cover at the door if you do not reserve is $15. Donations and memberships to The Markaz are posted below.



OLIVIA C. HARRISON is Assistant Professor of French, Italian and Middle East Studies at USC. Her research focuses on Maghrebi and Beur/banlieue literature and film; diversity in postcolonial France; the historiography and memory of colonization in France and Algeria; women and war in the Middle East and North Africa; anti- and postcolonial theory; Islam and the West; and translation. Her first book, Transcolonial Maghreb: Imagining Palestine in the Era of Decolonization (Stanford University Press, 2016), analyzes the representation of Palestine in Moroccan, Algerian, and Tunisian literary works and public debates from the 1960s to the present. She is at work on a new book that charts the emergence of the Palestinian question in France, both in political and intellectual discourses and in artistic works. Co-editor of Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics(Stanford University Press, 2016), Harrison has translated essays and poems by Adbelkebir Khatibi, Abraham Serfaty, and Abdellatif Laâbi.

TERESA VILLA-IGNACIO research and teaching interests include 20th and 21st-century U.S. American, French, and Francophone literature; poetry and poetics; translation studies; literary theory; ethics; intermediality; postcolonial studies; multiculturalism; and globalization. She is completing a book manuscript entitled Poethical Import: Translationships in French-American Poetic Exchange, 1961-present, which examines the centrality of ethics in relations of translation and collaboration among France- and U.S.-based contemporary poets. She produces a related podcast series, Sounding Translation, which features interviews with poet-translators, and has co-edited Souffles-Anfas: A critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics (Stanford University Press, 2016). Villa-Ignacio holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University and has taught in the History and Literature program at Harvard University, the Romance Studies department at Boston University, and as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of French and Italian at Tulane University. 

GUY BENNETT is the author of several collections of poetry, various works of non-poetry, and numerous translations. Recent publications include View SourcePoèmes évidents (a French co-translation (with Frédéric Forte) of his Self-Evident Poems), and the edition / translation of Giovanna Sandri’s only fragments found: selected poems, 1969–1998. His writing has been featured in magazines and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad, and presented in poetry and arts festivals internationally. Publisher of Mindmade Books and co-editor of Seismicity Editions, he lives in Los Angeles and teaches at Otis College of Art and Design. 

LIA BROZGAL earned a BA in French from Chatham College and an AM and PhD—both in Romance Languages and Literatures—from Harvard University. Before joining the faculty at UCLA in 2008, she was an appointed lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University. Her research and teaching encompass a variety of topics in Francophone North Africa as well as contemporary French literature, history and culture. Recent projects include her monograph on Tunsian writer Albert Memmi, in addition to articles on North African cinema, beur (or immigrant) cultural productions, chronicles of the Holocaust in North Africa, and early 20th-century Judeo-Tunisian literature. 

The evening will be accompanied by Moroccan food and music.

Space is strictly limited and reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee your seat; reserve below or call 323.413.2001 during regular office hours (M-F, 10 am–6 pm). Event schedule as follows: 7pm meet and greet, 7:30pm presentations, 8:30pm discussions and social networking.

  • February 04, 2016 at 7pm – 10pm
  • The Markaz, 5998 W. Pico Blvd LA 90035
  • $5.00 USD
  • 5 people are going
  • Rime Yaşin



Will you come?

$120.00 Markaz - Family Membership (for 2) - annual
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$10.00 Suggested essential contribution
$5.00 Suggested student contribution

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