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Ronny Someck wrote two poems after his visit to Chapel Hill, and spoke about his visit on Shimon Parnas’s “Ha’oneg Hashvi’i Israeli Galaz radio program.












Please join us for this special evening with poet Ronny Someck:

Monday, October 24, 2022, 5:30pm, UNC Graham Memorial, Lounge.
Bonus: A second opportunity to meet Ronny Someck the next day! [Details below.]


bridges between east and west

with Ronny Someck

In-person event will feature readings by the poet and translations in English.

Co-sponsored by: UNC Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UNC Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies, North Carolina Consortium for Middle East Studies, Duke Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Jewish Studies.


A limited number of free parking spaces are reserved in Morehead parking lot for our guests. Additional paid parking is available on Franklin Street and surface lots on Rosemary Street. Free and open to the public. Campus map/parking.


RONNY SOMECK was born in Baghdad in 1951 and came to Israel as a young child. He has published 13 volumes of poetry (The last called “so much god”) and two books for children with Shirly Someck. He has been translated into 44 languages, including Arabic, French, Catalan, Albanian, Italian, Macedonian, Yiddish, Croatian, Nepali, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Turkish, Russian, and English.

Someck’s book “the milk underground” (White Pine Press) was awarded the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation in 2015. He is the recipient of the “Wine Poem Award” in Struga Poetry Evenings, Macedonia, in 2005 and the Hans Berghuis Prize for poetry in 2006, Holland. He has been awarded the Cross of The Order of The Knights of Poland and the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.



Reader: John Caldwell, Teaching Associate Professor, South Asia Section, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Director, Nyai Saraswati Gamelan Ensemble. Doctor of Musicology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


NOTE: Poet Ronny Someck also will be a special guest visitor for Prof. Yaron Shemer’s students. The class session is open to the public, and will explore different poems than what is featured in the Oct 24 evening lecture. The public and campus community are welcome to join this special class visit on Tuesday, October 25th, 3:30 to 4:45pm, Graham Memorial, main lounge.


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