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Hisham Bustani is a Jordanian award-winning author of four collections of short fiction and poetry. He is acclaimed for his bold style and unique narrative voice, and often experiments at the boundaries of short fiction and prose poetry. Much of his work revolves around issues related to social and political change, particularly the dystopian experience of post-colonial modernity in the Arab world. His work has been described as “bringing a new wave of surrealism to [Arabic] literary culture, which missed the surrealist revolution of the last century,” and that he “belongs to an angry new Arab generation. Indeed, he is at the forefront of this generation—combining an unbounded modernist literary sensibility with a vision for total change. . . . His anger extends to encompass everything, including literary conventions.” Hisham's fiction and poetry have been translated into many languages, with English-language translations appearing in prestigious journals across the US, UK, and Canada, including Modern Poetry in Translation, World Literature TodayLos Angeles Review of Books and The Literary Review. In 2009, he was chosen by the German review Inamo as one of the Arab world's emerging and influential new writers. In 2013, the UK-based cultural webzine The Culture Trip listed him as one of Jordan’s top six contemporary writers. His book The Perception of Meaning (Syracuse UP, 2015) won the 2014 University of Arkansas Arabic Translation Award, and received an honorary mention from the Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work in 2015. Hisham is the Arabic fiction editor of Amherst College's literary review The Common and of the Turkish/Arabic bilingual literary magazine Balkon. One of Hisham’s stories was chosen to be featured in the inaugural edition of The Best Asian Short Stories anthology (Singapore: Kitaab, 2017). Hisham is also the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation's prestigious Bellagio Residency for Artists and Writers for 2017.