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13 Apr 2019     Glen Kalem
Gibran on His Excommunication

Gibran on His Excommunication by Joseph Nahas edited by Francesco Medici and Glen Kalem It was one evening when I happened to be at the office of His Eminence Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh, titular head of the Russian Orthodox Catholic Church in North America and its islands, discussing an article written by me on the separation of that church from the Antioch Patriarchate with headquarters at Damascus, Syria. A coterie of writers – Gibran, Naseeb Arida, Abdul-Maseeh Haddad, Nadra Haddad (Abdul-Maseeh’s elder brother), Mikhail Takla, and Mikhail Naimy – arrived. Naseeb Arida was the publisher of an Arabic language magazine, Al-Akhlak, “The Character”; Abdul-Maseeh Haddad was the publisher of an Arabic language newspaper, As-Sayeh, “The Traveler”; Nadra Haddad was an officer in the Bank o...

7 Apr 2019     Glen Kalem
Gibran at the Celebration of the Silver Jubilee of ‘Al-Hoda’

by Francesco Medici Naoum Antoun Mokarzel (Freike, 1864-Paris, 1932) was a Lebanese political activist, influential intellectual and publisher, who immigrated to the United States where he established ‘Al-Hoda’ (The Guidance, 1898-1971), the largest Arabic daily in North America.

2 Apr 2019     Glen Kalem
Today Even As Yesterday - An Unpublished Poem by Kahlil Gibran

 by Francesco Medici © Copyright Francesco Medici All Rights Reserved 2019  Indeed, as of today, Gibran’s literary works both in Arabic and English have all but been published, apart from maybe some fragments and other minor contributions. To find unpublished material we have to look above all at his many letters.[1] For example, his extensive correspondence with Mary Haskell Minis (between 1904 and the time of his death in 1931) and her private journal and diaries about him are still waiting to be published in their entirety. Said documents are part of the Minis Family Papers, 1739-1948, held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, which also contains Mary’s correspondence and various materials about Gibran, manuscrip...

Unpublished Poem by Kahlil Gibran
20 Mar 2019     Glen Kalem
Aporias in Literary Translation: A Case Study of The Prophet and Its Translations

NEWS: Contributing writers for the Kahlil Gibran Collective, Francesco Medici and Glen Kalem have had their study on the translations of 'The Prophet' inspire an academic paper prepared by Professor Maya El-Hajj. We are proud to announce it has been published in 'Academy Publication' - Theory and Practice in Language Studies ISSN 1799-2591 Volume 9, Number 4, April 2019 under the title of  "Aporias in Literary Translation: A Case Study of The Prophet and Its Translations."  Links to the full article below.  Medici and Kalem were...

15 Mar 2019     Glen Kalem
Marilyn Monroe and Kahlil Gibran - Married by The Prophet

By Glen Kalem  " The Prophet …It is very inspiring. It is more or less a pattern for everyday living."  Marilyn Monroe Robert F. Saltzer - The New York Journal-America1  Copyright © Glen Kalem all rights reserved 2019  Marilyn Monroe was a self-educated literate, and it may come as a surprise to many that she was like most self-educated people, (including myself) an avid reader of just about everything, with a wide variety of interests. We say ‘surprised’ because, f...

9 Mar 2019     Glen Kalem
Gibran Translates Felix Faris: Forefathers’ Ashes

by Francesco Medici Copyright © Francesco Medici all rights reserved 2019  Between 1921 and 1922 Felix Faris (1882-1939), a prominent Lebanese activist, journalist, writer, poet and translator, spent seven months in the United States. In New York he met the members of Arrabitah (The Pen Bond) and became a close friend of Gibran, who considered him a “great literary brother.”1

5 Mar 2019     Glen Kalem
A New Translation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Madman in French ~ Le Fol : Ses Paraboles et Poèmes

Le Fol : Ses Paraboles et Poèmes By Philippe Maryssael  A century ago, in October 1918, the very first book that Khalil Gibran wrote in English was published in New York: The Madman. It is an anthology of thirty-five texts of variable lengths – parables and poems – in which he tries, at the end of the Great War, to give significance and morality to life. Composed of texts that Gibran originally wrote in Arabic and translated in English, and also of texts that he wrote directly in English, this book is, in essence, an oriental work, with no influence of the Western world. In it, K...

3 Mar 2019     Glen Kalem

by Joseph Nahas edited by Francesco Medici and Glen Kalem Copyright © Francesco Medici and Glen Kalem all rights reserved 2019  I first met Gibran Khalil Gibran at the office of an Arabic language newspaper, Al-Mohajer (“The Emigrant”), where I was employed as an assistant to Ameen Guraieb, publisher of the paper, and to his brother, Khalil.

28 Feb 2019     Glen Kalem
Gabriela Mistral: “Gibran Was Superior to Tagore”

 by Francesco Medici Copyright © Franceso Medici all rights reserved 2019  Translations from the Original Spanish into English by Hilda de Windt-Ayoubi A few months before dying, Kahlil Gibran received in his New York studio two lady admirers. One of the women was an old

18 Feb 2019     Glen Kalem
Gibran’s Buddha ~ “Music and Mosquitoes at the Park”

by Joseph Nahas Edited By Francesco Medici and Glen Kalem  Copyright © all rights reserved 2019  On numerous evenings, Gibran and I sat on a bench in Battery Park listening to musical renditions by one of New York’s civic clubs’ bands, and, with newspapers rolled up in our hands (when punk sticks were not available), we swatted, or deflected the swarming, dive-bombing mosquitoes.

17 Feb 2019     Glen Kalem
Gibran Chair 2019 Symposium and Reception

The Gibran Chair is holding a Symposium on Wedesday the 27th of March titled: Reshaping the Landscapes of Arab Thought: The Legacies of Kahlil Gibran, Ameen Rihani, and Mikhail Naimy. If you wish to attend please RSVP Here:         ...

12 Jan 2019     Glen Kalem
Floyd Starr: "Kahlil Gibran Was a Man I Called My Friend"

by Francesco Medici Copyright © Francesco Medici and all rights reserved 2019  * This article is based on an excerpt from the paper "Tracing Gibran’s Footsteps: Unpublished and Rare Material", in "Gibran in the 21th Century: Lebanon’s Message to the World", edited by H. Zoghaib and M. Rihani, Beirut: Center for Lebanese Heritage, LAU, 2018, pp. 93-145.

25 Jan 2019     Glen Kalem
The Untold History of the Gibran Museum’s Origins:

WHEN THE ITALIAN MONKS SOLD THE MONASTERY OF MAR SARKIS Copyright © 2019, by Francesco Medici and Charles M. Samaha, all rights reserved. by Francesco Medici and Charles Malouf Samaha In his later years, Kahlil Gibran repeatedly expressed his will to return to Lebanon and settle in his desired final resting-place, Mar Sarkis (Saint Sergius). This ancient monastery-hermitage overlooks the Kadisha Valley where he had spent his childhood, and is now known as the Gibran Museum. He once confessed to his intimate friend Mikhail ‘Mischa’ Naimy:

31 Dec 2018     Glen Kalem
End of the Copyright Road for The Prophet 

 Story by Glen Kalem.  Copyright © Glen Kalem and all rights reserved 2019  January 1st 2019.  After 95 years and a 188 consecutive print runs - the longest in publishing history, Kahlil Gibran's much-loved and admired book The Prophet enters the public domain today.  

The Prophet 1923
30 Nov 2018     Glen Kalem
"Garden of The Prophet" exhibition opens in Melbourne

The Kahlil Gibran Collective attended the opening of Kahlil Gibran: The Garden of the Prophet celebrating the life and work of literary genius Kahlil Gibran.  The moving space created by the team at Immigration Museum Victoria set out to reflect Gibran’s world, by gaining insight into his key relationships and rediscover the power and relevance of his work today. 50 original paintings and drawings plus some of Gibran's New York studio furniture make up the current exhibition on loan from the Gibran Museum of Lebanon.  Kahlil Gibran: The Garden of the Prophet is proudly presented by the Bank of Sydney, supported by the Gibran National Committee, and has received grant funding from the Council for Australian-Arab Relations of the Department of Foreign A...

4 Nov 2018     Glen Kalem
Siegfried Sassoon: "Gibran Seems a Very Nice Creature"

By Francesco Medici Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (1886-1967), well known as a highly decorated English soldier and writer, was one of the leading poets of the First World War. His verse, that described the horrors of the trenches and satirized the patriotic spirit, greatly influenced Wilfred Owen (1893-1918), who was the most famous poet-soldier of English literature and to whom Sassoon was mentor.  On 28 January 1920, Sassoon arrived in New York for a lecture tour and Gibran, eager to draw him for his “Temple of Art,” got an appointment with him on 10 Feburary. On that cold and snowy Tuesday, the two lunched together and Sassoon accepted to sit for a portrait. After coming back to the Seville Hotel, at 88 Madison Avenue, Sassoon wrote down in his notebook:

26 Oct 2018     Glen Kalem
The Garden of the Prophet - Gibran Exhibit

PRESS RELEASE: October 26, 2018.  Museums Victoria is partnering with the Gibran National Committee and the Gibran Museum in Lebanon to present an exhibition of the artworks and manuscripts of Kahlil Gibran. Kahlil Gibran’s seminal book, The Prophet, has been translated into 100 languages and his poetry and philosophy are much loved around the world. Born in 1883 in Bsharri, Lebanon, Gibran migrated to America with his mother and three siblings in 1895. From his early years he was passionate about creating art through painting and writing and went on to study art in Boston, where he was inspired by the European Symbolists. The first exhibition of his work appeared in 1904 and it was around this...

17 Oct 2018     Glen Kalem
Was Jamal Khashoggi Inspired by Kahlil Gibran?

By: Warren David, President, Arab America Wedesday 17 October 2018   With all the media reports this past week regarding Jamal Khashoggi, I can’t help but reflect on my relationship with him as a colleague in the media and a man of principle and integrity.... ...Jamal looked me in the eye and seriously asked: “Did you know the impact Kahlil Gibran had at the turn of the last century on the literary movement in the Arab world?”    Read full article here...     ...

Jamal Khashoggi
25 Sep 2018     Glen Kalem
The Strange Case of Kahlil Gibran and Jubran Khalil Jubran

By Francesco Medici Copyright © Francesco Medici and all rights reserved 2019  * This article is based on an excerpt from the paper  Tracing Gibran’s Footsteps: Unpublished and Rare Material, in Gibran in the 21th Century: Lebanon's Message to the World, edited by H. Zoghaib and M. Rihani, Beirut: Center for Lebanese Heritage, LAU, 2018, pp. 93-145.   While his masterpiece The Prophet...