Biography

Belal Mobarak was born in Alexandria, Egypt. Raised in Queens. He is a poet, artist, and the son of a great storyteller. Writing is how he learned to finish his stories and poetry is how he learned to tell them with the least amount of words possible. Belal recently traveled across the North Coast sharing his stories for The Moth Mainstage. A finalist in Brutal Nation’s 2017 Competition for Writers of Color. You can find his work published in Columbia Poetry Review, Newtown Literary, Blueshift Journal, Flock, Apogee, HEart, and others. Currently working towards his MFA in Creative Writing at Queens College. 


Publications

Works in Literary Journals and Magazines 

Print

     “Childhood in Fragments” Newtown Literary. Issue 8. Spring/Summer 2016.

     “Nail Clippings” Columbia Poetry Review. Issue 30. Spring 2017.

     “Mercury” Apogee Journal. Issue 10. Winter 2017 

     “Qatr Faranca” Flock Literary Journal. Issue 19. Fall 2017 

     “Time Zones” Flock Literary Journal. Issue 19. Fall 2017 

     “Tetah” Flock. Flock Literary Journal. Issue 19. Fall 2017 


Online

     “Summer Break” Blueshift Journal. Issue 8. September 15, 2017

     “Maps” Apogee Journal. January 3rd, 2018

     “Where the N Train Stops” Apogee Journal. January 3rd, 2018

     “Art Class” Drunk In A Midnight Choir. October 19th, 2017 

     “Lib Asmar” Drunk In A Midnight Choir. October 19th, 2017 

     “Books” Drunk In A Midnight Choir. October 19th, 2017 

     “A Son from North Africa” WusGood Mag. October Issue 2017 

     “Left in the Sun” HEart Journal. February 19th,  2018 

     “Glass Windows” Anomaly. June 4th, 2018

     “Fourth Grade” Anomaly. June 4th, 2018

     “More Sweets” Anomaly. June 4th, 2018 



Audio

     “Qatr Faranca” Flock Literary Journal. Issue 19. October 20th, 2017 

     “Baggage Claim” The Moth Radio Hour. August 9th, 2018


Awards/Competitions

     “Summer Break” Finalist in Brutal Nation 2017 competition for writers of Color

          (Blueshift Journal)


Performances

Poets of Queens: Astoria, NY 10/3/2018

Anomoly 26: Brooklyn NY 7/6/2018

Queens Writers Resist: Queens NY 6/13/2018

The Moth Mainstage: Ithica, NY 5/4/2018

Boundless Tales: A Series of Emerging Writers  4/26/2018 

The Moth Mainstage: Portsmouth, NH 3/23/2018

The Moth Mainstage: New Bedford, MA  2/1/2018

The Moth Community Program Showcase   12/20/2017

Poetic Queens, Hosted by Newtown Literary Journal 4/8/2017

Muslim Writers Collective, NYC, NY 2016

Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, NY 2016

Muslim Writers Collective, NYC, NY 2015




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