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Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan is a Lebanese American artist, essayist, and poet.

She was born on February 24th, 1925 in Beirut, Lebanon, and she is of Turkish and Greek descent. Etel is famous for her artwork, which has been exhibited in museums in Germany and the United States, and for her writing, which has gained worldwide acclaim. Etel has also worked as cultural editor for Al Safa and L’Orient le Jour, which are two daily newspapers.

After she received a degree in philosophy from the University of Paris, Etel moved to the United States where she continued her graduate studies at UC Berkeley and Harvard University.

Throughout her career, Etel has received numerous awards for her writings, including the France-Pays Arabes award for her novel Sitt Marie Rose and the California Book Award for Poetry for her poetry collection Sea and Frog. Etel has also won the 2013 Lambda Literary Award and the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize.


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