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Famed Yemeni poet receives Tagore Prize

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Shehab Ghanem

By NY Staff

Yemeni poet Dr. Shehab Ghanem recently received the Tagore Prize for Peace and, in doing so, became the first Arab poet to receive the honor.

He has had 13 books published in Arabic and two in English. He translated ten collections of Arab modern poetry into English and also translated ten English language collections into Arabic. In addition, he has also published in the fields of science and literature.

Ghanem studied mechanical engineering and graduated in 1963 from Aberdeen University in Scotland. He received an M.A degree in Water Resources from Roorkee University in India and a doctoral degree in industrial development from Cardiff University in Wales. Ghanem later served as Engineering Department Chief for Dubai Port and the Ali Mountain Free Zone.

The Tagore Prize was given to Shehab Ghanem for his poetic accomplishments, his translations of poetry and his efforts to develop ‘human understanding’ in the tradition of the prize’s namesake.

The prize will be presented to him in a celebration in Kolkata City in India on May 6th.