Lamees Al Ethari

Continuing Lecturer
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PhD, University of Waterloo
Master of Arts, Kansas State University
Master of Arts, University of Baghdad
Bachelor of Arts, Al-Moman University College

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My academic journey began in Baghdad, Iraq as an English language student at a small teacher’s college, where I learned to teach English language and literature to non-native English speakers. After receiving my BA (1999), my interest in learning and teaching led me to complete my first MA degree (2002) from the University of Baghdad. In 2006, I had the opportunity to expand both my academic and cultural experiences when I won a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a second MA at Kansas State University (2008). My young family and I arrived in Canada as landed immigrants and one year later, I joined the PhD program at the University of Waterloo. Since my graduation (2014), I divide my time between my family, my teaching, and my creative and scholarly work.

Selected Publications


Forthcoming: Mothers, Mothering and Trauma/Intergenerational Trauma. Bradford: Demeter Press, 2025.

In progress: The Fortune Teller and Other Stories

Waiting for the Rain: A Memoir. Toronto: Mawenzi House Publishers, 2019.

From the Wounded Banks of the Tigris. London: Baseline Press, 2018.

Book Chapters

“Iraqi Mothers, Diasporic Sons: Narrative Patterns of Identity and Belonging in Baghdad Twist,” Representations of Refugee, Migrant, and Displaced Motherhood in a Global Context. Ed. Maria Lombard. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2022.

Pieces in Literary Journals and Anthologies

“Motherhood in Crisis,”Gilgamesh: A Journal of Modern Iraqi Art. Baghdad: Ministry of Information and Culture, 2022.

“Baghdad” (poem), “Carrying Baghdad” (visual art), “Dreams of Home” (visual art). About Place Journal, vol. 5, no. 2, Fall 2018.

“Poems of a Fallen City: Four Poems.” The New Quarterly, no. 147, Fall 2018.

“311 and Counting.” Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5th, 2007, Bombing of Baghdad's "Street of the Booksellers." Oakland: PM Press, 2012.

“Dreams of Exile,” “Roots,” and “Zahawi.” Malpais Review. vol. 2, no. 2, Autumn, 2012.

“After the Rain.” The Changing Image, Kitchener Public Library, 2011.

“Roots.” The Changing Image, Kitchener Public Library, 2009.

Fellowships & Awards

  • Principal Investigator, Connection Grant, (SSHRC) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, “The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop for Immigrant Women,” 2019-2020  
  • Nominee, National Magazine Award in Poetry, 2019
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2011-13
  • The Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Award for Prose 2011
  • Graduate Creative Writing Award for Poetry 2011
  • The Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Award for Poetry 2009
  • Graduate Creative Writing Award for Prose 2007
  • J. William Fulbright Scholarship, 2006-2008

Current Research

I am currently preparing an autoethnography titled Patterns of Telling. The work is a critical and creative exploration of women’s life narratives in the diaspora.

Knowledge Mobilization

  • Committee Member, The Naomi Shihab Nye Prize
  • Nonfiction Editor, The New Quarterly 
  • Co-Founder, The X Page Project

Areas of Interest

  • Life Writing/Women’s Life Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Arab and Arab North American literature, history, and culture
  • Diaspora and Postcolonial Theory
  • War and Trauma Theory and Literature