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R.I.P. Helmi Salem

By Harriet Staff

From Ahram Online:

Award winning Egyptian poet Helmi Salem died Saturday, 28 July, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 61.

Salem’s funeral is expected to take place tomorrow in his hometown of Arrahib in Menoufiya governorate.

The poet was under treatment at a military hospital when he died, according to critic Shaaban Youssef, who confirmed the news of Salem’s death.

Salem was born in 1951. He studied journalism in the Faculty of Arts at Cairo University. He was also awarded the State Excellence Prize in 2006.

Salem published around 18 poetry collections. His first collection was released in 1974, entitled Habibty Mazroua Fi Dima Al-Ard (My Beloved is Planted in the Soil’s Blood).

He also wrote books on culture and literary criticism.

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Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 by Harriet Staff.