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Ghinwa Jawhari on her debut chapbook: BINT

By Sara Elkamel

September 2021

"SE: As an Arab woman myself, I found an incredible kinship with the speaker(s) in Jawhari’s poems. The opening poem, titled “condition”, piercingly captures the strain stepping into womanhood places on our relationship with our fathers; “when you had the sterile body of a child / you were loved by your father / now you’re grown”, she writes. For me, the erosion of the father’s unconditional love in tandem with the girl stepping into the body of a woman could not have been captured more poignantly, more resonantly."

BINT: A Conversation with Ghinwa Jawhari - The Adroit Journal

By Anthony Thomas Lombardi

April 2021

"ATL: I’m not interested in poems that seek answers—I don’t care about answers—I want more questions. Getting lost is a big part of that. If you don’t get lost in your work, you’re not discovering anything. If the poetry doesn’t bend toward some fundamental, or elemental, truth, what are you writing for?"

What We Don't Say: Talking With Ghinwa Jawhari

By Noor Hindi

June 2021

NH: "There’s a specific image I think of when I consider the word “bint,” but in the cover image, she’s defiant, confident, and challenging. And so the tension between the cover image and the title is very much alive throughout the book, as she attempts to navigate her own girlhood and queerness outside of the term 'bint.'"

In Review: BINT by Ghinwa Jawhari - VAGABOND CITY

By Summer Farah

April 2021

SF: "The collection is succinct and accessible with some of the most brilliant voltas I have had the pleasure of reading; it is apt that a book that explores girlhood and the transition out of it uses turns in the best way, with resolves leaving me breathless and inquisitive."