Participant Profile

Liwaa Yazji


A playwright, poet and filmmaker, Yazji explores ways that people relate to the unknown and make it through crisis. Her first book of poetry Peacefully, we leave home, is infused with a sense of saying goodbye to a period of time that will not return. This work accompanies a documentary film she directed about how we inhabit homes and they inhabit us, particularly in times of war. She wanted to develop a new book of poetry, based on her notes of the last few years, from a perspective outside her own experience. She was also interested in exchanging ideas and points of view with U.S. writers, filmmakers, journalists and performers.