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Asharq Al-Awsat's Columnist Amal Moussa Wins Int’l Catullo Award for Poetry

Asharq Al-Awsat's Columnist Amal Moussa Wins Int’l Catullo Award for Poetry

Sunday, 7 August, 2022 - 09:15
Tunisia Minister of Family, Women, Children and the Elderly Amal Belhadji Moussa

The Tunisian poet and writer, Amal Belhadj Moussa, won the Catillo International Prize for Poetry 2022, granted by the World Poetry Academy.


The World Poetry Academy was established in June 2001 in Italy with the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


The jury indicated that it wanted to crown the sentiment and thought described in the poetic experience of the poet.


It also indicated that it chose Moussa from among international candidates to present a certificate of appreciation for the beautiful, thriving contemporary female poetry in the Arab countries and a tribute to the poet.


Amal Moussa is considered a symbolic figure among the few Arab female creators to be published in Italy.


Moussa currently holds the position of Minister of Family, Women, Children, and the Elderly, in Tunisia.


She has six collections of poetry, which have been translated into Italian, French, Turkish, English, and Spanish.


Her collections include Female of Water (1996), Emerald's Bashfulness (1998), Like Me the Stars Sparkle (2010, Rainy Body (2010), Life Has Not Put Its Makeup Yet (2017), In Love, and Don't Look into the River (2021).


The Minister received many awards, namely the first prize for the best Arab production on women's issues from the Arab Women's Organization in 2006, the Zubaida Bashir award for the best Literary Production in 2018, and several honors in many Tunisian poetry festivals, and various Arab countries, Europe, and the US.


Moussa is an academic and a weekly columnist in Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. She has written publications in sociology, political Islam, youth and religiosity, and the sociology of daily life.


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