“The stars had only one task: they taught me how to read. They taught me I had a language in heaven and another language on earth.” — Mahmoud Darwish
Threa Almontaser is a Yemeni-American writer, translator, and multimedia artist from New York City. a first generation college student, she holds a B.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing from North Carolina State University. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ workshop, the community of writers at squaw valley, Idyllwild Arts Writers Week, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, among others. She is the 2020 winter writer-in-residence at the kerouac house in orlando and has been Nominated or published for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best New Poets. Threa writes on the thin membrane that separates human from what we loosely call animal, and believes writing should not only entertain, but provoke. She is currently teaching English to immigrants and refugees in Raleigh and working on several projects, including a debut poetry collection and her first novel.
even in troubling times, the artistic gaze is important and impactful in showcasing what is humane and what isn’t. I constantly ask myself, Am i doing enough? I push to support my community in progressive ways not only with my writing, but when i teach english to those with different tongues who may not have had a choice in coming here. deep and sincere engagement in the world is vital and very necessary. finding ways to connect with other intimate histories through a story that holds startling imagery and an unfamiliar point of view can help us divert those complicated social and political structures developed to restrict voice.