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spacer.gif   October 26: Muslim American Poetry Symposium at Northwestern University
Posted by : cj on Monday, October 19, 2009 - 04:16 PM
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Calendar of Venues Muslim American Poetry Symposium
Annie May Swift Auditorium
Northwestern University
1920 Campus Drive
Evanston, Illinois

Monday, October 26
10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

10:00 - 12:30 Opening Remarks and Readings
by Raza Ali Hasan, Ibtisam Barakat, and Fady Joudah
2:00 - 3:15 Readings by Kazim Ali, and Khaled Mattawa
3:30 - 5:30 A Symposium
"The Muslim American Poet as Self and Other"
5:30 - 7:00 A reception

Free admission

ABOUT THE POETS

Kazim Ali is is the author of two books of poetry, The Far Mosque (Alice James Books), winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award, and The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions, 2008). He is also the author of the novel Quinn’s Passage (blazeVox books), named one of "The Best Books of 2005" by Chronogram magazine, The Disappearance of Seth (Etruscan Press, 2009), and Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press, 2009). He is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College and teaches in the low-residency MFA program of the University of Southern Maine. His work has been featured in many national journals such as Best American Poetry 2007, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Barrow Street, jubilat and Massachusetts Review. He teaches at Oberlin College and the Stonecoast MFA program and is a founding editor of Nightboat Books.

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Raza Ali Hasan is the author of two books of poems Grieving Shias (Sheep Meadow Press, 2006) and the forthcoming (January 2009) 67 mogul miniatures (Autumn House Press). He received an MFA from Syracuse University. His poems have appeared in AGNI, Shenandoah, and Blackbird. His poems from 67 mogul miniatures adapt Mohammad Iqbal's traditional Urdu form of musaddas (a short poetic unit consisting of three rhyming couplets) that he used in his long poem Shikwa to a free verse poem with three unrhyming couplets. He currently teaches in the English department at University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Growing up with war and occupation is the focus Ibtisam Barakat's memoir, Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood, released in 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In 2007, Booklist named it one of the top ten biographies for youth and it was listed as an American Library Association Notable, and in 2008 it won the International Reading Association's Best Non-Fiction Book Award for Children and Young Adults. After earning her bachelor's degree from Birzeit University in the West Bank, Barakat moved to New York in 1986, where she interned with The Nation. Later, she earned Masters in Journalism and Human Development and Family Studies, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Barakat taught language ethics at Stephens College in 2002, and her work has been published by Simon and Schuster, Pocket Books, Random House, Scholastic, Weekly Reader Corporation, and elsewhere.

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Fady Joudah is a Palestinian-American poet and physician. He is the 2007 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition for his collection of poems The Earth in the Attic, which was published by Yale University Press in April 2008Joudah was born in Austin, Texas in 1971 to Palestinian refugee parents, and grew up in Libya and Saudi Arabia. He returned to the United States to study to become a doctor, first attending the University of Georgia in Athens, and then the Medical College of Georgia, before completing his medical training at the University of Texas. Joudah currently practices as an ER physician in Houston, Texas. He has also volunteered abroad with the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders. Joudah's poetry has been published in a variety of publications, including Poetry magazine, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Drunken Boat, Prairie Schooner and Crab Orchard. In 2006, he published The Butterfly's Burden, a collection of recent poems by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish translated from Arabic. He was a finalist for the 2008 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for his translation of Mahmoud Darwish's The Butterfly's Burden (Copper Canyon Press, 2007).

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Khaled Mattawa was born in Benghazi, Libya where he had his primary education. In 1979 he emigrated to the United States. He lived in the South for many years, finishing high school in Louisiana and completing bachelors degrees in political science and economics at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He went on to earn an MA in English and an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University where he taught creative writing and won an Academy of American Poets award. A professor of English and Creative Writing at California State University, Northridge, he has published poems in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Crazyhorse, New England Review,Callaloo, Poetry East, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Black Warrior Review and The Pushcart Prize anthology. He was awarded the Alfred Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University for 1995-96.

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