Chicago writer/publisher releases new book on Poetry

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Inspired by Carl Sandburg, Studs Terkel and Nelson Algren, Chicagoan Sam Kuraishi was moved into writing and poetry.

His new book “Alone Under the Prairie Moon” is a collection of poems reflecting his experiences traveling through the prairies of Illinois and the Midwest.

The book is a fun and easy read. It can be inspiring, too. Many Arab Americans and Middle Eastern writers turn towards poetry as the favored form of writing style. Kuraishi, a longtime former magazine publisher in Chicago and writer, has much experience that he shares in a simplistic yet moving style.

Published by Metra Press, Chicago. For more informatio or to order the book, go to

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Ray Hanania

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RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and at, and at

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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