Asharq Al-Awsat columnist Amal Moussa wins Int’l Catullo Poetry Prize

Tunisian poet and writer, Amal Belhadj Moussa, has won the 2022 Catillo International Prize for Poetry, awarded by the World Poetry Academy.

The World Academy of Poetry was established in June 2001 in Italy with the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The jury indicated that they wanted to crown the feeling and the thought described in the poetic experience of the poet.

He also indicated that he had chosen Moussa among the international candidates to present a certificate of appreciation for the beautiful and flourishing contemporary women’s poetry in Arab countries and a tribute to the poet.

Amal Moussa is considered an emblematic figure among the few Arab designers to be published in Italy.

Moussa currently holds the position of Minister of Family, Women, Children and the Elderly in Tunisia.

She has six collections of poetry, which have been translated into Italian, French, Turkish, English and Spanish.

Her collections include Female of Water (1996), Emerald’s Bashfulness (1998), Like Me the Stars Sparkle (2010, Rainy Body (2010), Life Has Not Put Its Makeup Yet (2017), In Love and Don’t Look into the river (2021).

The Minister has received numerous awards, namely the first prize for the best Arab production on women’s issues from the Arab Women’s Organization in 2006, the Zubaida Bashir prize for the best literary production in 2018, and several distinctions in numerous Tunisian poetry festivals, and various countries, Europe and the United States.

Moussa is an academic and a weekly columnist for the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. She has written publications on sociology, political Islam, youth and religiosity, and the sociology of everyday life.

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