Kifah Abdulla is a world citizen whose journey began in Baghdad, Iraq. He is a poet, artist, writer, teacher and activist. After completing his Bachelor's Degree in biology at the University of Baghdad, Kifah entered into compulsory military service. During the Iraq-Iran War he was captured and held as a prisoner of war for more than eight years. During this interview he reads from his recent book of poetry called Dead Still Dream, about his experience as a POW and explains how this difficult experience changed him. He will also soon be releasing his related memoir called Mountains Without Peaks. Kifah lived in Jordan and Holland before moving to Portland, ME in August 2011.
A true creative, Kifah always has many projects in motion. He is a father of two teenage sons, teaches Arabic at The Language Exchange, performs as storyteller and does poetry readings accompanied by an oud or cello, teaches Arabic calligraphy, and creates art out of everything he sees and touches including food, words, and a wide array of visual art supplies.
To view his visual art website: www.kifahabdulla.com.
To view his website called Arabic Language in Maine (created with Brooke DeLorme) visit: www.arabiclanguage.me
Poetry read during this interview:
"Dream 1" and "I Met A Hero (John A. Alle)"
Music: David Darling "Slow Down"