‘The Twenty-Ninth Year’ by Hala Alyan

Premiere DateFeb 14, 2019
00:00 Show Opening
01:43 Episode Intro (music: “The Capitalist Blues” by Leyla McCalla)
05:35 Interview with Hala Alyan, Part 1
16:27 Mize Pe Dous Leyla McCalla
20:02 ‘Call Me to Prayer’ (A reading by Hala Alyan)
21:04 Interview with Hala Alyan, Part 2
27:54 Heavy As Lead Leyla McCalla
28:25 ‘Telling the Story Right’ (A reading by Hala Alyan)
29:47 Heavy As Lead (Cont’d) Leyla McCalla
31:36 Episode Outro
34:53 Finish

For Hala Alyan, twenty-nine is a year of transformation and upheaval, a year in which the past—memories of family members, old friends and past lovers, the heat of another land, another language, a different faith—winds itself around the present. Hala’s ever-shifting, subversive verse sifts together and through different forms of forced displacement and the tolls they take on mind and body. Poems leap from war-torn cities in the Middle East, to an Oklahoma Olive Garden, a Brooklyn brownstone; from alcoholism to recovery; from a single woman to a wife. This collection summons breathtaking chaos, one that seeps into the bones of these odes, the shape of these elegies.

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Kory French is the Founder and Principal of Emily Consulting, a consulting company that leads start-up and early-stage companies in everything from concept development to strategic planning to scaling and exit…