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El Habib Louai

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El Habib Louai pursued his primary school studies in his native village Tinwaynan before moving to his hometown, Taroudant, to continue his secondary school studies. Louai received his Baccalaureate in Lettres Modernes from Ibn Souleiman High School, Taroudant. In 2004, Louai enrolled in the English department at Ibn Zohr University in Agadir, Morocco where he received his Bachelor in English Studies with a concentration in literature. Louai received his MA degree in Comparative Studies from the University of Ibn Zohr in Agadir, Morocco in 2012. Louai's fields of interest are as diverse as comparative literature and critical theory, world literature and cultural studies, African American literature and literary theory, colonial and postcolonial literature. Louai has been working as a junior high school teacher of English at Azzaytoun for five years. He has been waived a tuition by the Institute for World Literature at Harvard University to participate in seminars and workshops conducted at the university of Bilgi in Istanbul, Turkey. Louai has just been admitted to a PhD program on culture, language and literature at the University of Mohamed V in Rabat, Morocco. His PhD dissertation concentrates on the repercussions of the cultural encounter between the Beat Generation writers and the Moroccan writers of the sixties.

In addition to his ardent passion for education and teaching, Louai is deeply involved in various projects and activities relating to poetry, spoken word, jazz and literary translation. Louai edited and translated an anthology devoted to contemporary Moroccan poetry. The anthology has been published by Big Bridge Magazine

Louai is currently working on another anthology that will be exclusively dedicated to Moroccan Amazigh (Berber) poetry. He is also translating a collection of poems by the precursor of 100 Thousand Poets for Change: Michael Rothenberg.  Louai's poems have been published in various international literary magazine, journals and reviews such as Danse Macabre du Jour, Contemporary Literary Review India, Palestine Chronicle, Troubadour 21, Sagarana, Istanbul Literary Review, Indigo Rising Magazine, Radiuslit, Pirene's Fountain, the Tower Journal, and the Romanian Contemporary Critical Horizons for which he volunteered as a contributor in 2011-2012. His translation of a collection of poems by the exiled Iranian poet Ali Abdelrezaei is available in poetrymag.ws. Louai's poem "A Night in Tunisia" has been translated into Italian and Romanian. Louai was the representative of 100 Thousand Poets for Change event in Agadir, Morocco in its first and second edition (2011-2012). Two of his papers have been published in the African Journal of History and Culture and the Contemporary Literary Review India.


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