Though she grew up reading classical poetry and was fascinated by literature as a youngling (Hind’s awesome mother would ask her to recite Poe’s Raven to guests at age 12!), Hind only began seriously writing poetry after her return from NYC in 2006. It was in that difficult summer that she really expressed her distraught thoughts on paper, and her first collection of poems was born of war and heartbreak.
In 2007, she had her first official spoken word reading at a xanadu* event, “Shoo Tabkha Ya Mara?” which roughly translates to “What’s cookin’, woman?”. Hind chose disastrously depressing poems for this first reading, but this set her on a course which has not stopped for 13 years.
By 2011, she was performing in various festivals internationally, and as writer in residence at the IWP for that year. Being on stage has been empowering and liberating, and Hind has been really honored to hear from audiences and writers-in-the-making that her platform “The Poeticians” and her personal uncensored poetry have encouraged them to fearlessly embrace the page and the stage.
Hind is confident she will be speaking poetic diatribes, honoring her ancestry and decrying injustice on platforms for as long as she has an urgent voice and people wish to congregate to celebrate language. She no longer needs war or heartbreak to find poetry- it exists in the everyday experiences of seeing time leave its mark.
When Hind returned to her homelands after finishing her degree in NYC in 2006, she was both troubled by the lack of spoken word performance events in Beirut, and impressed by the talent and wit of so many musicians, writers and performers in her community there. She realized that “If it does not exist, why not create it?” and that’s how Poeticians was born, over a late night Beirut hangout with friends. Fellow Poetician pal Maral Ghanma picked the name.
Since 2007, The Poeticians has been a group of writers, readers, listeners, lovers and word warriors that have come together to share their thoughts, ambitions and fears with small intimate audiences in Beirut, Amman and Dubai. The poets are of all nationalities and read in English, Arabic and French.
The group is an elastic entity, with no rules, no boundaries, no censorship, no membership system or structure. It was never financially driven, nor had any brand sponsors or entrance fees. As of 2017, Hind mostly stopped doing regular events, focusing more on special one-off occasions and choosing to pursue the film she’s making about the womxn poets in the group.
The Poeticians will always be Hind’s most beautiful, enriching, transcendent and communal experience.
Moderating & Public Speaking
Ever since she got to give the valedictorian speech at her high school graduation, and after undergoing an embarrassing and challenging crash course in reporting on camera from the streets of Lebanon for her reporter job in Beirut at age 20, Hind has embraced the art of public speaking.
Aside from hosting cultural events and performing prose and poetry, Hind also has moderated conversations on the regional film industry, the importance of language and storytelling in the communal memory of landscapes, and the individual’s artistic responsibility in society. She has moderated conversations, hosted press conferences and also been a panel speaker at events like The Dubai Lynx International Festival Of Creativity, Sikka Art Fair, CABSAT, Polo Beach Cup Dubai, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Bozar Art is Brussels, poetry festival in Lodeve, the Iowa City International Writers Program, CABSAT in Dubai, as well as speaking in over twenty filmmaking/poetry panels and personal Q and A’s in as many countries, from Tunisia to Japan– in two and a half languages!