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El Ghourabaa: A queer and trans collection of oddities


Edited by Samia Marshy and Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch

Summer 2024

Available in paperback (for customers living in Canada and in the US) and PDF (worldwide).

Seeking uncanny, fun, experimental, creepy, sarcastic, playful, vulgar, inventive, sexual, weird, sweet, and evocative works, editors Samia Marshy and Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch set out to collect Arab and Arabophone queer writing. The result is an anthology brimming with gems by emerging and established writers and an homage to the lineages and complexities of queer Arab life. Multi-genre, multi-generational, and global, El Ghourabaa is an enigma, a delight, and a contribution to an ongoing conversation and creative outpouring.

In addition to Marshy and El Bechelany-Lynch, contributors include: Etel Adnan, Rabih Alameddine, Joe Kadi, Marlin M. Jenkins, Leila Marshy, Trish Salah, Olivia Tapiero, Nour Symon, Yehia Anas Sabaa, Nofel, Hoda Adra, Ralph Haddad, Seif Siddiq, Karim Kattan, Andrea Abi-Karam, Bazeed, George Abraham, Sarah O’Neal, Micaela Kaibni Raen, Nour Kamel, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, Naja Kassir, and Barrak Alzaid. Plus a foreword by Sherine Elbanhawy.

Samia Marshy is a full-time reader and part-time writer located in Tio’tià:ke (Montreal, QC). She has been a practising massage therapist since 2015 and cares deeply about bodies, access to care, and consent in bodywork. She co-wrote “The Hands That Planted Them” with Lee Lai, published in Metal Hurlant, and was an editor for The Philistine by Leila Marshy.

Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch is a writer living in Tio’tià:ke. Their work has appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry 2018 anthology, GUTS, carte blanche, the Shade Journal, The New Quarterly, Arc Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. They were longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2019. Their book knot body (2020), published by Metatron Press, was shortlisted for the QWF Concordia University First Book Prize. The Good Arabs (2021), published by Metonymy Press, was the winner of the 2022 Grand Prix du livre de Montréal and received an Honorable Mention from the 2022 Arab American Book Awards for the George Ellenbogen Poetry Award.

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Editors: Samia Marshy and Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch

ISBN: 9781998898022 (print)

ISBN: 9781998898039 (PDF)

Cover art by Poline Harbali | Cover design by Sultana Bambino

  • Paperback, 176 pages
  • Printed in Quebec
  • Published July 5, 2024

El Ghourabaa (Metonymy), a collection of delightfully experimental works edited by Montreal-based writers Samia Marshy and Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch, is a vital new entry to the field of Arab diaspora literature…

“The collection’s sheer diversity in both subject matter and form makes every part stand out: from a reflective except by the renowned late queer elder Etel Adnan, to a staccato panic-filled poem by self-described ‘punk poet-performer cyborg’ Andrea Abi-Karam.”
—Olivia Shan, Maisonneuve

“From navigating the locker room in a trans body, to lessons on remembering and on making love, to tender and heartbreaking childhood memories, the anthology is all at once wholesome, delicious, dark, and unpredictable…

“A bold and thoughtfully curated anthology, El Ghourabaa is prolific and piercing in its beauty and stays true to El Bechelany-Lynch and Marshy’s queer, trans, anti-colonial, anti-imperial, anti-Zionist vision. A book born of love and necessity, it is an unforgiving and compassionate offering during times of heightened global violence.”
—Val Rwigema, Montreal Review of Books


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