Thirteen Departures From the Moon by Deema K. Shehabi

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Inaugural Collection from Palestinian-American Poet Deema Shehabi
(Winston-Salem, NC) March 8, 2011—Press 53 announces the publication of Thirteen Departures From the Moon by Deema K. Shehabi, an award-winning Palestinian-American poet from California. This extraordinary volume comprises lyric poems that are searching explorations of a poet’s place in the world. Narrating from a unique angle of perception, Ms. Shehabi reflects on the exiled spaces of her youth and adulthood. Her poems are aesthetic responses to straddling varying cultures.
“This first book of poems, Thirteen Departures from the Moon, is a culmination of 20 years of exile,” Ms. Shehabi told Huffington Post in an interview. “It’s about finding home in a seemingly impermanent situation—both in the metaphysical and literal sense.
It was only when I turned to poetry that I found comfort because it anchored me in my exile. It provided me with respite from that gnawing feeling of loss.”
Deema K. Shehabi’s poems root themselves in Gaza and travel through the entire breadth of the Palestinian diaspora. Herein are the stories of a displaced family—a metaphor for a displaced nation—passed down, passed down, passed down and told through the lush imagery of the Arab streets, the Gaza orchards, the fertile streams, all witnessed by the moon.
“Deema Shehabi’s map is huge and deep as she weaves the threads of landscape, earth and sky, into a cloth wide enough to cover everyone,” says poet Naomi Shihab Nye.
“With a stunning lyrical gift of seeing and knowing, she walks the wide world through language that redeems and blesses. Her poems are crucial, passionate, magnificent.
“Each poem in this collection is a clear, honest yet intensely transformed communication, dripping with a honey-like sweetness of literary gifts,” says poet Annie Finch of Thirteen Departures From the Moon.
Thirteen Departures From the Moon
Poems by Deema K. Shehabi
Publication date: March 8, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-935708-23-0
Size: 8.5 x 5.5 inch paperback, 92 pages
Price: US $12.00
Press 53 books are distributed throughout the United States by Ingram and are available wherever fine books are sold, including Kevin Watson is Publisher. Tom Lombardo is Poetry Series Editor.
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Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites and (Illinois News Network at

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

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.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post,, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

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