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My Poetry Has Received The Poet Fellowship Award!


Background Information

Huda Orfali, author of the published books "Blue Fire", "Flower in The Cold" and "Fisher Prince", and co-author of the "Acorn Gathering", offers stories of people learning to deal with the harsh realities of life and death. Relying on dialogue, Orfali shows people who must confront unexpected changes, including some tragic ones.

The characters range from a schoolboy, to a doctor to a vampire. Most of the key characters welcome death as the alternative option. Too sick and overloaded to live, they reject life and look for an eternal remedy. A remedy that imposes itself on you and leaves you with the arrogant satisfied feeling that YOU have made the decision.

Orfali gives a devastatingly honest view of life’s cruelty, yet brings optimism to that view. However, she does so without giving easy, contrived solutions. She also does so with charming characters and believable dialogue.

Orfali’s collection enriches our understanding of the human nature, which teeters along a scale that hosts absolute love on one end and disgusting horror on the other. She gives realistic glimpses of harsh realities in our lives; still, she celebrates the strength of humanity and triumph of love.

Orfali got her start in literature when she was just eight years old. From there, Orfali's path to publication quickly commenced first in local magazines and newspapers; later on websites. She published her first book Blue Fire and her second book Flower in The Cold with iUniverse. She also co-authored a fundraiser for cancer with fellow American writers entitled The Acorn Gathering.

The world of her fiction is similar to her world. Many stories reflect in an indirect way a personal experience. The characters of her fiction are always traumatized but they have the inner strength to defy their disabilities and live an accomplished life. They transcend life and assert their identity through living up to the choices they have to make, sometimes at the expense of their own lives.

Her newly published book Fisher Prince, is a collection of poetry and short stories, exploreing the complexities of human society through the form of lyric poem. Reflecting Orfali’s interests and inspiration, the poems employ various speakers to portray the nuances of human experience.

The creative impulse for the poems is equally idealistic and humanitarian for the large part. The poems are predominantly concerned with social and political issues that contribute to universal well being and to the common good. Having grown up in the Middle East, an area torn apart by war, violence and centuries old hatred, she focuses her intense poetic scrutiny on the terrors of war and the struggle for peace.

The poem “Friendly Fire” portrays the universal journey toward peace as one fraught with difficulties and bloodshed – yet the journey is ultimately successful. Peace ultimately will triumph bringing forth a new beginning.

Similarly, the poem “Share Jerusalem” envisions a time of peace in Jerusalem in which divided groups embrace each other and forgive the pain and injury of the past. Peace is elusive but attainable.

She revisited her own mythology the “Fisher Prince” and transformed it into an epic poem. It is the title poem for this book. It is the ultimate battle against tyranny and celebration of freedom and the human spirit. “Waters” and “Another Storm” are tributes to the victims of the Tsunami and hurricane Katrina.

The “Fisher Prince – Wake Up Your Destiny”, DVD was officially released February 16, 2006. The film offers a surround sound musical score by Teo Graca and original footage from the Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic film “Metropolis”. It offers contributions from top industry production professionals and moves the audience gently through the epic story of the demise of the gods of old and the creation of a single god that comes to protect the human race. It is a new story with classic film footage and an awesome sound-track. Orfali's poem Fisher Prince - The Heavenly Birth is featured in the DVD.
 

Accomplishments

Education:

BA in English Literature majoring in Translation 2002.

MA in Peace Studies, Bradford University, England, 2004.

MA in Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding, EMU, VA, 2006.




Awards:

Poetry Ambassador 2006 & 2007

Editor's Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry presented by Poetry.com and International Library of Poetry Dec 2004 & Feb & March 2005 & Oct 2007.

Nomination for Poet of the Year 2005 & 2006 & 2007 by Poetry.com & Famous Poets Soceity.

My poetry was published in 'A Treasury of American Poetry II' published by League of American Poets, 2006, 'Prominent Voices' & 'Timepieces' by JMW publishing, and 'Eternal Portraits' and 'Centers of Expression' by poetry.com

Additional Information

The Acorn Gathering: Join the fight against cancer by purchasing this fund-raiser by authors Jan Chandler, Shawna Chandler, Huda Orfali, Duane Simolke, Timothy Morris Taylor, and Bill Wetzel. All author and editor royalties go to funding cancer research!

These stories range from gritty and controversial to gentle and touching. Starting with the West Texas setting from Duane Simolke’s collection The Acorn Stories, this new anthology takes readers across several landscapes, during times of trouble, change, hope, and triumph. Visit The Acorn Gathering home page (http://acorngathering.gq.nu/) for information about TAG and its authors, for related resources, and for details on link trades.

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Fisher Prince
Fisher Prince, a collection of poetry and short stories, explores the complexities of human society through the form of lyric poem. Reflecting Orfali’s interests and inspiration, the poems employ various speakers to portray the nuances of human experience.

Flower in The Cold
Subject / Style: Euthanasia; Racial Discrimination, Child Abuse; Rape; abortion; Organ donation and transplantation.

Blue Fire
Subject / Style: Autobiography & Biography; Memoir; Retribution; Emotions; Personal Growth; Disability, Discrimination, Abuse.

Fisher Prince – Wake Up Your Destiny
Teo Graca 30-minute film, “The Fisher Prince – Wake Up Your Destiny”, was officially released February 16, 2006 along with the book by writer and poet Huda Orfali, The “Fisher Prince”. published by PublishAmerica April 2006.






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