The Donkey Lady and Other Tales from the Arabian Gulf
Berkshire Academic Press
From mischievous goats to magical fish, The Donkey Lady and Other Tales from the Arabian Gulf offers readers a diverse and delightful collection of illustrated folk tales from the Middle East. The book represents the culmination of a collaborative project that sought to collect, preserve and re-present traditional folk tales. The tales were collected by students at Qatar University, and were illustrated by art and design students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. The collection bridges past and present through illustrations that engage the imaginations of contemporary readers while also presenting a variety of wonderful tales that enliven local histories.
The Donkey Lady and Other Tales from the Arabian Gulf preserves regional culture while also serving as an introduction to the visual arts for young audiences. These timeless and beautifully rendered tales are of interest to readers of all ages, and are especially relevant to those interested in folk tales and lore, as well as graphic and children’s literature.
About the editors:
Patty Paine is the author of The Sounding Machine (Accents Publishing), Feral (Imaginary Friend Press), Elegy & Collapse (Finishing Line Press), and co-editor of Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Contemporary Arabian Gulf Poetry (Garnet Publishing & Ithaca Press). Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Blackbird, Verse Daily, The Atlanta Review, Gulf Stream, The Journal and many other publications. She is the founding editor of diode poetry journal and Diode Editions. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar where she teaches writing and literature, and serves as Assistant Director of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Jesse Ulmer is an Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. He is currently pursuing a PhD in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Hersrud is a multidisciplinary designer whose work explores print, interactive and time-based media. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. Michael has worked in the design industry for 16 years, and has been invited as a guest speaker at numerous events including the College Art Association Conference, TypeCon: The Society of Typographic Aficionados, and the AIGA National Conference on Education. His work has appeared in international exhibitions and film festivals in North America, South America and the Middle East, and is part of the permanent collection in the Graduate Program at the Rhode Island School of Design.