Marian Haddad, M.F.A, is a poet, essayist, visiting writer, manuscript and publishing consultant, private writing mentor, creative writing workshop instructor, public speaker, and artistic-event coordinator. Her works have been published in various journals and periodicals including The Texas Observer, The Rio Grande Review, Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders, Bat City Review, Redactions and Mizna. Her poems and essays have appeared in anthologies including Stories from Where We Live: The California Coast (Milkweed Editions); Is This Forever or What: Poems & Paintings from Texas (Greenwillow Books); Scheherazade's Legacy: Arab and Arab-American Women on Writing (Praeger); Pride of Place (University of North Texas Press; San Antonio in Color (Trinity University Press); Between Heaven and Texas (UT Press); Poetry Calendar 2007, Poetry Calendar 2008, and Poetry Calendar 2009 (Alhambra Publishing, Brussels); A Students' Treasury of Texas Poetry (TCU Press); ), Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists (Trinity University Press); and Inclined to Speak (University of Arkansas Press) and are forthcoming in a number of journals and anthologies. A feature chapter on Marian Haddad, her writing and opinions on writing, appears in The Good Writer's Kit published by National Geographic School Publishing (previously Hampton-Brown); she has also written for The State of Texas via Pearson Educational Measurement.
Her poem, We Are Born with Names, was included in a theater performance entitled Lost Recipes, a production whose efforts were to create dialogue between Jewish and Arabic women. Her chapbook, Saturn Falling Down, compiled under the request of Texas Public Radio in correlation with their Hands-On Poetry Workshops, was printed in April 2003 as a limited edition. Her first full-length collection of poems, Somewhere between Mexico and a River Called Home was published in 2004 by Pecan Grove Press and approaches its fourth printing (Top Five Book List, El Paso Times October 2004; recommended book by both Valparaiso Review and Small Press Review).
Previous appearances include speaking at Tufts University in Boston, The Border Literature Monte Series at Texas A&M Laredo, The Nature Writers' Series at The University of North Texas, The American-Arab Anti-Discriminatory Committee Conference in Washington, D.C., The El Paso Writers' League, COAS Books in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and DG WILLS BOOKS in La Jolla, California. She read her work and was featured on a panel entitled, "Is Everything Political?" hosted by Radius of Arab-American Writers at Hunter College in New York City.
Haddad was awarded an endowment from The National Endowment for the Humanities to study philosophy at the graduate level through an NEH Seminar at The University of Notre Dame. She participated in graduate studies at Emerson College in The Prose Poem and earned her M.F.A in Creative Writing -- Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction at San Diego State University where she served as an associate editor for Poetry International Vol. III.
She founded and directed The Writing Center at Bowie High School, five minutes from the US/Mexico Border.
She has co-produced and moderated Telly-Award winning television shows for San Diego's Instructional Television which currently air and which focus on renowned poets dialoguing with young students of poetry. She has moderated television shows on the arts for programs aired on San Antonio's Cable Channel 20. Her work has been profiled on internet radio (WSRADIO) and on The Hallmark Channel, as well as other media venues. Haddad was featured as Arab-American of the Month (Feb. 2006) by Shems Magazine alongside actors Tony Shalhoub and Kathy Najimy and Dr. James Zogby.
In the Health and Wellness Field: Marian Haddad has led workshops and lectures on WRITING YOUR WAY INTO HEALING: DEALING WITH DEATH, CANCER, AND AGING, classes held at Our Lady of the Lake University on a continuing education basis in the early 2000s. In addition, Haddad has consulted with pharmacist, Dr. George Tohme, of the Dallas area and has edited his 270-page book entitled, Lifestyle Makeover for Diabetics:
A Guide No Diabetic Can Live Without. In addition, Haddad has edited a guide for this same pharmacist entitled, Smoking Cessation which is still in progress with the author.
She is involved in the literary community with various doctors inasmuch as notifying the local and national community, on a voluntary basis, about their medical and literary achievements
(Dr. Abraham Verghese and Dr. Gerald Winakur).
Marian Haddad comes from a family which includes a minimum of 15 physicians, ranging from nephews, an uncle and numerous cousins practicing as neurologists, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, internists and dentists in The States and internationally in Germany and The Middle East.