Hussam Jefee (founder) is a Syrian poet, and psychiatrist. He was born in Lattakia, Syria, in 1983, and currently an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts. He published his first poetry collection in Arabic in 2008: فتّاحة الأمل المعلّب (The Opener of Canned Hope). His second collection is currently in press: طيور تدخن الماريوانا (Birds Smoking Marijuana) at Al-Moutawasset publishing; Milano, Italy. He had also published translations of American poetry in Arabic literary magazines and journals. In his capacity as a musician and oud player, he has initiated various projects in the U.S.
Poets & Artists
Tammam Azzam is a Syrian artist. Tammam was born in Damascus, Syria in 1980, and received his artistic training from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus with a concentration in oil painting. Following the start of the uprising in Syria, Azzam turned to digital media and graphic art to create visual composites of the conflict that resonated with international viewers. In recent years, Azzam has participated in solo, group, and large-scale international exhibitions. In 2016, Azzam received an artist fellowship at the Hanse- Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study in Delmonhost, Germany.