Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Comstock Review

I am thrilled to let you know that, amid all the rejections I garnered this fall, I had one bright spot of good news: my poems Tired and The Coming were chosen by the Comstock Review as Poems of Special Merit in the 2008 Muriel Craft Bailey Award Contest. They were two of the twenty-six poems that were sent on to the final Judge this year, one of my all time favorites, the incomparable Marie Howe!

Here's an excerpt from the e-mail from the Comstock Review's Managing Editor, John M. Bellinger:
We had an outstanding group of poems this year, and to land anywhere near the top of the thousands of entries we received is an accomplishment to be proud of. All of the top poems ranked very closely in overall score, and I am certain Ms. Howe will have a tough decision on her hands in awarding the top three prizes.
As Poems of Special Merit, my poems will be published in issue 22.2 of The Comstock Review, due out in January of 2009. You can find a list of all Winners, Poems of Special Merit, and Finalists on the journal's website at:

You can see me read Tired here. Thank you, Comstock Review! Please support the journal by subscribing today.


nadine said...

Hi Ashraf,

I was hoping if we could meet as we are both in Philadelphia and somehow have the same topic for thesis. I came across your work through a friend. I am doing my thesis at PENN right now and its virtually the same subject and same site. Ironic isn't it? I hope that we could meet and share some ideas, discussions, and memories of Lebanon. Email me at


Meg said...

Your work is really beautiful. Well done and congratulations.

arch.memory said...

Thank you, Meg!

katy said...

present my dear ^_^