A compelling debut collection from the first Coptic poet to be published in the United States.
Somewhere Else, rooted in the traditions of the Coptic community, widens the political conversation surrounding ethnicity, pan-Africanism, and pan-Arabism. From the teeming streets of Cairo to the urban United States, from Egypt’s indigenous, pre-Islamic Coptic society to an America struggling with its fear of the Arab world, Shenoda’s collection spans generational and cultural divides. In poems both personal and political, he celebrates his Coptic heritage, riffs on jazz and hip-hop, and offers a nuanced and energized perspective virtually unknown in the West.
2007 RAWI Hala Maksoud Award for Emerging Voice Winner
2006 American Book Award Winner
2005 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award Honorable Mention
“This book holds the keys to our present global predicament—each word is a star in our night.”—Juan Felipe Herrera