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13 Nov 2022     Glen Kalem
Why I Wrote ‘Jesus the Son of Man’: A Little-Known Interview with Gibran

by Francesco Medici Kahlil Gibran wrote his longest book, Jesus the Son of Man: His Words and His Deeds as Told and Recorded by Those Who Knew Him, in a little over a year between 1926 and 1927 and New York publisher Alfred Knopf published it in the fall of 1928. Actually, the figure of Jesus had already appeared in Gibran’s writings and art in various forms. He also often told his patroness Mary Haskell that he had recurring dreams of him and mentioned wanting to write a life of Jesus in a 1909 letter to her.

3 Nov 2022     Glen Kalem
The House of The Prophet: Gibran at Mrs. Garland’s Farm

by Francesco Medici and Glen Kalem-Habib Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet was not written in some faraway mysterious land, as one might assume from reading it. Almustafa, Almitra, and the people of Orphalese did not emanate to life in some lonely hermitage on the top of a mountain, but – unbelievable as it may seem – in a bustling and sometimes "lively and festive” estate in the countryside of Massachusetts, USA. In the spring of 1918, Gib...

16 Oct 2022     Glen Kalem
With Kahlil Gibran at the Tenth Street Studio Building - "if walls could talk"

By Glen Kalem-Habib and Francesco Medici  all rights reserved copyright 2022 © When Kahlil Gibran died on April 10, 1931, he had been living for almost twenty years in a one-room studio apartment on the third story of 51 West Tenth Street, NYC. During the latter part of his life, he’d often refer to his studio as ‘The Hermitage’ (al-Sawma‘ah, in Arabic), perhaps wanting to invoke feelings of solitude and refuge away from the sprawling city of New York. Another reason might have been to arouse thoughts and memories of his birthplace in Bisharri, Mt Lebanon, a place he longed to go bac...

14 Aug 2022     Glen Kalem
Hilda, the Woman Who Fell in Love with Kahlil Gibran and Mikhail Naimy

Hilda, the Woman Who Fell in Love with Kahlil Gibran and Mikhail Naimy by Francesco Medici One of Gibran’s pencil drawings that was relatively unknown was recently brought to my attention: a portrait of a woman signed and inscribed by the author: “For Anna Hilda from her friend Kahlil Gibran – 1928”. During his life, Gibran carried out hundreds of portraits and “heads”, both of famous people and of common men and women. And it was not rare that friends and acquaintances asked him for portraits of themselves or their relatives. Mainly for this reason, after almost a century after Gibran’s dea...

5 Aug 2022     Glen Kalem
Kahlil Gibran Collective'-founder, filmmaker and researcher Glen Kalem is joining the Levant News

'Kahlil Gibran Collective'-founder, filmmaker and researcher Glen Kalem is joining the Levant News “Work is love made visible” is one of Glen Kalem’s favorite quotes from Kahlil Gibran’s iconic work, The Prophet. The Lebanese-Australian is an award-winning documentary film producer and research historian of the late poet and artist Kahlil Gibran. His research into the creation of Kahlil Gibran and much more is now available on this platform.By 

29 Jul 2022     Glen Kalem
Kahlil Gibran and Johnny Cash

by Philippe Maryssael, retired translator and terminologist, translator of Kahlil Gibran and contributor to the Kahlil Gibran Collective. Arlon, Belgium, July 29, 2022. "The Eye of the Prophet" by American country music singer-songwriter Johnny Cash John R. Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than ninety million records worldwide. His genre-spanning music embraced country, rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel sounds. This crossover appeal earned him the rare honour of being inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame. His music career was dramatized in the 2005 biopic Walk...

Kahlil Gibran and Johnny Cash
15 Jul 2022     Glen Kalem
AL-MAWAKIB, The Processions - Lost in Translation?

AL-MAWAKIB, The Processions - Lost in Translation.  by Nicholas Martin[1] On the dust cover of many of Alfred Knopf’s publications of Gibran’s work, we find a quote of Claude Bragdon, saying of Gibran that: "His power came from some great reservoir of spiritual life else it could not have been so universal and potent, but the majesty of the language with which he clothed it were all his own." This, I believe, is unquestionably true. However, the language being “all his own” was not necessarily true when his words were translated, as of course they have had to be so that his works could be more widely shared.

21 Jun 2022     Glen Kalem
Mikhail Naimy: When Gibran Found “a New Michelangelo”

Mikhail Naimy: When Gibran Found "a New Michelangelo" An Excerpt from His Autobiography Introduced and Annotated by Francesco Medici Kahlil Gibran was not the only writer of New York's "Little Syria" who devoted himself to figurative arts. Although amateurish, Ameen Rihani (1876-1940) made several drawings, sketches and paintings (all of which are held at the Ameen Rihani Museum, in his native Freike, Lebanon), and he published some of them in his travel books. For a short while, Mikhail Naimy (1889-1988) also took on the art of pencil and brush, with incurious conviction. In the second volume of his autobiography Seventy: Story of a Lifetime (Sab‘un: Hikayat ‘umr, Beirut, 1959-1960), the "Hermit of al-Shakhroob"[1] Naimy, notes a time when he submitted his "artworks" for ...

27 May 2022     Glen Kalem
The Prophet Illustrated by Pete Katz

by Philippe Maryssael, retired translator and terminologist, translator of Kahlil Gibran and contributor to the Kahlil Gibran Collective. Arlon, Belgium, May 21, 2022. Illustrator Pete Katz adapting The Prophet as a graphic novel Khalil Gibran’s all-time favourite The Prophet (link 1 & link 2) got a fresh treatment by illustrator Pete Katz as a graphic novel adaptation.

Illustrator Pete Katz adapting The Prophet as a graphic novel
19 May 2022     Glen Kalem
World Première of Gibran’s Lazarus and His Beloved (May, 1928)

By Francesco Medici Gibran’s one-act theatre play Lazarus and His Beloved was posthumously published only in 1973, more than forty years after its author’s death, by his late cousin and namesake Kahlil (George) Gibran (1922-2008) and the latter’s wife Jean (New York: New York Graphic Society).

21 Apr 2022     Glen Kalem
Gibran and Pulitzer…

by Philippe Maryssael, retired translator and terminologist, translator of Kahlil Gibran and contributor to the Kahlil Gibran Collective. Arlon, Belgium, April 21, 2022. Gibran and Pulitzer… What's The Connection? In 1926, three years after the publication of Kahlil Gibran's masterpiece The Prophet (The Prophet & The Prophet Trilogy) and on the very same year his book of aphorisms Sand and Foam was availab...

Leonora Speyer's "Fiddler's Farewell" (1926)
6 Apr 2022     Glen Kalem
Gibran's 90th Death Anniversary in China

By Glen Kalem-Habib (article provided by Amina Zheng Ma) All rights reserved © 2022  Gibran’s 90th Death Anniversary in China, A Seminar Hosted by Peking University In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the death of Khalil Gibran (1883-1931), Peking University in China hosted a hybrid seminar from September 25th to 26th in 2021. The in-person and online attendees from more than ten universities including Peking University (PKU), University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), Tianjin Normal University (TNU), North China University of Technology (NCUT), Ningxia University (NU), Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), and Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), exchanged their research works on Gibran. The Ambassador of Leb...

Gibran's 90th Death Anniversary in China
2 Jan 2022     Glen Kalem
Kahlil Gibran's Sand and Foam enters the public domain

By Glen Kalem-Habib All rights reserved © 2022  Kahlil Gibran's, 1926 work 'Sand and Foam' officially entered the public domain on January 1st, 2022, Ninety-Six years after it was first published.  Perhaps it was the eagerness of his publishers Alfred A. Knopf who in 1926 wanted to get Gibran to finish and publish his much-anticipated book, Jesus Son of Man (1928), to capitalize on the rising readership/fame of The Prophet (1923) that Sand and Foam came to fruition first in 1926. Gibran referred to this book as a "

26 Jul 2021     Glen Kalem
From America to Belgium to Australia

by Philippe Maryssael, retired translator and terminologist, translator of Kahlil Gibran and contributor to the Kahlil Gibran Collective, with the valuable assistance of Glen Kalem-Habib, the founder and administrator of the Kahlil Gibran Collective. Arlon, Belgium, July 26, 2021. The Armed Services Edition of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet around the world On 4 April 2014, Glen Kalem-Habib, the founder and administrator of the Kahlil Gibran Collective, posted an article titled The Prophet of War. That article was about a special edition of Gibran’s masterpiece The Prophet that was made available to all US military personnel from 1943 onwards. Glen was lucky enough to find and purchase a rare surviving copy of that special edition.

16 Jul 2021     Glen Kalem
Twenty Drawings: Gibran's Concept of Beauty

by Francesco Medici All rights Reserved © Francesco Medici  “Speak to us of Beauty”...                           ...is the simple exhortation used by an anonymous poet to address Almustafa, the main character in the celebrated poème en prose by Kahlil Gibran titled The Prophet. What is beauty? It is said that at one time the same question was asked to the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, who answered: “I have always been charmed and possessed by it. I have often attempted to use words to communicate what beauty is, yet I have always failed. Beauty is ...

5 Jun 2021     Glen Kalem
A Personal Poetic Prose Memoir on Myriam of Lebanon

By Richard Mc Sweeney of Ireland  © 2 June 2020 RMcS Forward by  Glen Kalem-Habib  When I first met Richard Mc Sweeney of Ireland at an International Conference on Kahlil Gibran held in Beirut in April 2006, I remember connecting with the 'other' guy who spoke a 'funny' kind of English. Me, the Australian, and he being Irish, we perhaps found ourselves as kindred 'mates' in amongst the cocktail of spoken languages,  Lebanese-Arabic, French and American English to name a few. You could say we not only stood out from the crowd, we most definitely sounded different as well. I often looked over towards Richard during the conference, who seemed so transfixed on each speaker, which has to be said; was mainly talking in Arabic! I found myself captivated by his intent lis...

31 May 2021     Glen Kalem
Gibran in Russia: Francesco Medici’s Letter to the Lebanese House of Moscow

By Glen Kalem - Habib On May 26, 2021, during the opening ceremony of an International Conference organized by the Lebanese House (Al-Bayt Al-Lubnani) in Moscow, a symposium dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Kahlil Gibran's death, a letter by Italian researcher Francesco Medici was read by Dr Mishal Khaddaj, executive secretary of the above-mentioned association. Addressing participants via Zoom the letter was translated for this occasion from the original Russian into Arabic.  

28 May 2021     Glen Kalem
The Prophet – A Miniature Edition

by Philippe Maryssael, retired translator and terminologist, translator of Kahlil Gibran and contributor to the Kahlil Gibran Collective. Arlon, Belgium, May 28, 2021. Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet published as a minibook Welcome to the world of miniature books! The true meaning of a miniature book is that it will impress you with its readability and perfect quality right down to the last detail. In 2014, the German publishing house Miniaturbuchverlag in Leipzig published the smallest ever edition of Khalil Gibran’s masterpiece.

21 May 2021     Glen Kalem
Gibran International Conference - Russia (May-June 2021)

By Glen Kalem-Habib and Francesco Medici Announcement: Kahlil Gibran International Conference - Russia (May-June 2021) Where: Al-Bayt al-Lubnany, the Lebanese House in Moscow.  Dates: May 26-27 and June 1-2, 2021, at 18:00 (Russian time) Al-Bayt al-Lubnany, the Lebanese House in Moscow is proud to announce the first-ever Kahlil Gibran Conference in Russia. The Lebanese House is an association that celebrates the Lebanese community within Russia and carries...

12 May 2021     Glen Kalem
Dr Henri Zoghaib: A Life Devoted to Kahlil Gibran

Interview by Glen Kalem and Francesco Medici   Henri Zoghaib is a Lebanese poet and writer, born in the maritime city of Jounieh (10 km north of Beirut). He has taught Arabic literature in many local colleges as well as in American universities while living in the USA (1988-1994). He wrote literary articles in Lebanese and Arab newspapers and journals and has several books of poetry and prose to his credit, among them biographies on Lebanese literary authorities such as Elias Abou Shabaki, Saïd Akl, Rahbani brothers, but he devoted a special part of his writings to Kahlil Gibran...