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Penning places through poetry

Q: Where did you grow up? I teach cl
I grew up in Libya. I lived there until a course or
the age of 15. Then I went to high school poetry, a c
in Louisiana. poetry seve
Q: Where did you go to school? ative writin
I graduated from the University graduate. I
of Tennessee at Chattanooga with Arab Amer
degrees in political science and eco- called Writi
nomics. After I graduated, I got an MFA Q: What
in creative writing at Indiana Univer- gan?
sity. And after a few years, I finished a My stude
Ph.D. in literature at Duke University. pared. It's n
Q: Why did you come to the Uni- turn things
versity? level of com
Because it's a good university. I was the ambitio
at the University of Texas. I saw the level course
position here, so I applied. Iwas offered Q: As aI
the position here, and I thought it'd be a write abou
better situation. ten?
Q: What do you teach? Poetry se
Phone travels Bag takes a
WHERE: Central Campus potty break

Lasses in poetry. I've taught
n contemporary American
ourse on introduction to
ral times and I teach cre-
ng classes - advanced and
've also taught a class on
ican literature and a course
ing Islam.
do you like about Michi-
ents are generally well pre-
ot a struggle to get them to
in on time. I think also the
petence in the writing and
n - even teaching a 200-
- is very high.
poet, what do you like to
t and what have you writ-
ems to be a very good way

of locating myself. And also, it has a
lot to do with one who's living abroad
away from one's home. I didn't come
here thinking I wanted to stay. This is
the story of a lot of immigrants. So that
in-betweenness, being sort of long-
ing to connect the separate places one
belongs, was very important.
Q: What influences your writing?
Libya is where I come from, and
we're having this revolt. I've been very
busy with that. I've done a lot of TV
interviews- on the radio as well. I've
been engaged in these events. It's been
very difficult. How it will affect my
writing? I have no idea. My writing's
the least important thing to me right
now. It's my family, my relatives, all of
them. That's where it's at.

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WHAT: A man's cell phone
was stolen from his unat-
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WHEN: Monday at about
8:45 p.m.
WHAT: A student attempt-
ing to park her car crashed
into a parked vehicle, Uni-
versity Police reported. The
student left a note with her
contact information on the
damaged vehicle.

WHERE: Legal Research
WHEN: Monday at about
1 p.m.
WHAT: A staff member
reported her bag stolen,
University Police reported.
The bag was found in a
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with all its contents.
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student discovered that it
had been used in a vending
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and service projects to the
public. The student projects
examine local, state and
national policy challenges.
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Detroit will perform in a
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and GLITTER." The event
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to assist students in ifnprov-
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English Prof. Khaled Mattawa, who
is a Libyan native, teaches poetry.
Gilbert Godfried - voice
of the "Aflac Duck" -
was fired by the insur-
ance company after posting
insensitive tweets regarding
the disaster in Japan, Reuters
reported. Aflac officals said
a search is underway for his
Republican Gov. Rick
Snyder's call for a
reduction of the Michi-
gan Tax Incentive is sending
local filmmakers over the
edge as Ann Arbor has been a
hot spot for recent films.
Beverage giant PepsiCo
Inc. announced yester-
day that it has created
the world's first bottle made
entirely out of plant mate-
rials, NPR reported. The
company said it will mass-
produce the bottle after test-
itg it in productifin if 2012.

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Protestors rally against Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed tax on retirement income yesterday, outside the state
Capitol in Lansing.
SaHouse approves legislation
giving financial managers control

Proposal would let that could set up virtual dicta-
torships and strip power from
financial managers local elected officials in cases
when an emergency manager is
terminate union appointed. They're also upset
that an emergency manager
contracts could toss out union contracts
if needed to salvage a local enti-
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - ty's finances.
Emergency financial managers "It's a blatant assault on collec-
appointed by the state of Michi- tive bargaining," said Rep. Wood-
gan to run struggling cities and row Stanley, a Democrat from
schools would get broad new Flint.
powers, including the ability -The plan sets up more trig-
to terminate union contracts, gers that would allow the state to
under legislation approved yes- review a local school district or
terday by the Michigan House. government's finances. The state
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder could start reviewing the finances
was expected to sign the package of troubled cities and schools ear-
of legislation after its main bill lier with the hopes of avoiding
received final approval, 62-48, in the appointment of an emergency
the GOP-led chamber. manager.
The contentious proposal, "These measures will cre-
which drew hundreds of pro- ate a more focused, pre-
testers to the state Capitol last ventative approach to fiscal
week, is the latest in a series of responsibility throughout the
showdowns across the country state," Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Ste-
pitting Republican state offi- vensville, said in a statement. "For
cials against union rights back- years we have allowed cities and
ers. The most visible one came schools tobe on the verge of bank-
in Wisconsin, where Senate ruptcy without any intervention.
Democrats fled the state to block In many cases we discover that
- albeit temporarily - a vote financial records are not in order
on legislation stripping collec- and it leaves emergency managers
tive bargaining rights for public with very few options to balance
workers. the books."
While the Michigan plan Under the legislation, the state
wouldn't go that far, many Treasury Department could get
Democrats and labor unions information from local govern-
argue it's a state power grab ments more swiftly when, under

one trigger, a government ends
a fiscal year with a deficit. Com-
munities currently submit defi-
cit elimination plans that take
months to get approved and
implemented. With the new law,
a preliminary review could be
started immediately, the Trea-
sury Department said.
Another trigger would be if a
community fails to file an annual
financial report in a timely manner,
the departmentsaid. Currently,the'
state may withhold revenue shar-
ing payments or restrict a commu-
nity's ability to issue debt. Under
the new law, the state also.would
getinformation more swiftly.
Some provisions in early ver-
sions of the legislation' were
dropped in the hopes of gain-
ing broader support. Emergency
managers would have to be indi-
viduals, not firms or corporations.
The original version would have
banned local elected officials in
emergency manager situations
from running for office again for
up to 10 years, but that provision
also was dropped.
Local elected officials could lose
some of their powers, but could be
removed from office only if they
repeatedly refuse to comply with
requests for information.
The current state law related to
emergency financial managers is
affecting about a half-dozen local
communities and schools at this


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