Biographical Information

Ahmed Zaki Abu Shadi[a] (Arabic: أحمد زكي أبو شادي‎, ALA-LC: Aḥmad Zakī Abū Shādī; February 9, 1892 – April 12, 1955) in Cairo, was an Egyptian Romantic poet, publisher, medical doctor, bacteriologist and bee scientist… [Wikipedia]

Immigrant Zero
March 12, 2015 | Author: Maged Atiya
“April 12 marks the 60th anniversary of the passing of Ahmad Zaki Abu Shadi. Most historians of Egypt mark the end of the so-called “liberal era” from the date of the 1952 coup. A more fitting date would be April 1946, when Abu Shadi immigrated to America *, one step ahead of the twins of Egyptian oppression, the secret policeman and the religious fanatic. A mere decade earlier, Abu Shadi was a luminary of Egypt’s cultural scene, a doctor by day and a poet, translator and cultural reformer by night…” [Immigrant Zero]

AZ Abushady: Revolutionary Egyptian Poet, Feminist, Beekeeper, and More
August 26, 2013 | Author: Marcia Lynx Qualey
“Artist and writer Joy Garnett (@joygarnett) is working on a book about her grandfather, Ahmed Zaki Abushady, the Egyptian poet and bee scientist. She answered a few questions about AZ Abushady, his work, and her book project…” [ArabLit Quarterly]

A Short Account of Abu Shadi’s Life in the United States
1981 | Author: Salma Khadra Jayyusi, Mundus Arabicus, Vol.1: Arab Writers in America: Critical Essays and Annotated Bibliography. Published by Dar Mahjar, Cambridge, Mass. pp.36-47. [A Short Account of Abu Shadi’s Life in the United States – Salma Khadra Jayyusi]

Joy Garnett, Alexandria, Egypt, 1983. Photo: Hoda Garnett

Joy Amina Garnett is a visual artist and writer from New York. She holds a BA from McGill University and an MFA from the City College of New York. Garnett studied literary Arabic at McGill’s Institute of Islamic Studies and spoken Arabic at the American University in Cairo’s Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA). A grandchild of A.Z. Abushâdy, she became the sole steward of his archive after the death of her mother Hoda in 2011, finally overseeing its transfer to NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Library in the spring of 2020.

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