Nathalie Handal the amazing woman poetry professor I had at NJCU…

Nathalie Handal in two words is absolutely incredible. I took Poetry Workshop with Handal and I believe that she is the woman poet of women poets in this time period of let’s say 2000-beyond. Never have I come across a woman poet that has so many identities yet she is so complicated that putting her into a box just would never be possible.  I know that she teaches at NJCU and probably has a teaching career at other colleges but I’m not sure. I love how she speaks French, Spanish and Arabic among other languages. I heard her say she knows every syllable of her name in Arabic. I think of Ayesha myself and I know Ayesha was the child bride of the Prophet Muhammad and she was also his favorite wife so just the fact that Handal is such an amazing woman poet and she is a biracial or multiracial woman is nice to know. I don’t think she is an Arab. I assumed that but I don’t think that is true anymore. Handal is my favorite woman poet!

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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