Najwa Zebian

Najwa Zebian

Najwa Zebian is a Lebanese-Canadian speaker, educator, and author of Mind Platter and The Nectar of Pain. She arrived in Canada when she was sixteen, and despite her discomfort in an unfamiliar place, she went on to complete her education and become a teacher as well as a doctoral candidate in educational leadership. Her first students, a group of young refugees, led her back to her original passion: writing. Drawing on her own experiences of displacement, discrimination, and abuse, Zebian uses her words to encourage others to build a home within themselves: to live, love, and create fearlessly. Website: misszebian.edublogs.org. Instagram @najwazebian. Twitter: @najwazebian.

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Interviews and Articles

  • “Najwa’s writing and intensity and her words are very powerful in their own right” – In Quill and Quire 
  • “I have many things that put me in a vulnerable position: the fact that I’m a woman, that I’m Muslim, the fact that I cover, that I’m young” – In the National

The Nectar of Pain

In The Nectar of Pain, Zebian sheds light on the feelings and experiences that emerge from heartbreak. She writes that the process of cleansing oneself of that pain – day by day, hour by hour, and second by second – is the real work of healing. With uncommon warmth and wisdom, Zebian empowers all who have lost to let go of anger and transform their suffering into the softness, sweetness, and beauty of nectar. She holds her readers by the hand as they heal.

All events with Najwa Zebian

9 PM
Poetry Cabaret
Oct 12 @ 9 PM - 11 PM 
DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Ave SE
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2 PM
Tea and Sustenance: Najwa Zebian
Oct 12 @ 2 PM - 2:30 PM 
Memorial Park Library, Alexander Calhoun Salon
1221 2 St SW
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7 PM
The Way We Wear
Oct 10 @ 7 PM - 8:30 PM 
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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