September 29, 2016
Kazim Ali, famed poet, essayist, fiction writer, translator and editor, will present a reading of selected works at Susquehanna University on Oct. 11. The reading, which is part of the Raji-Syman Visiting Writers Series, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Ali is the author of several award-winning novels and collections of poetry, including Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry ; The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award; and Quinn's Passage, named one of "The Best Books of 2005" by Chronogram magazine. In addition to his published essays, poems and novels, Ali has produced four translations, including Abahn Sabana David by Marguerite Duras and Water's Footfall by Sohrab Sepehri. He is also a contributing editor for AWP Writers Chronicle, associate editor of the literary magazine FIELD, and founding editor of the small press Nightboat Books. He is an associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College.
Tracie Morris, author of Rhyme Scheme, calls Ali's verse "beautiful, echoing poetry that finds 'no return home but an eternity of transformation.' Ali has a delicate touch and these poems leave us (for we are reluctant to leave them), playing in space."
Jane Hirshfield, author of Given Sugar, says his prose are "journal-born pages both intimate and public, at once ecumenical, particular, daily, and eloquently learned; planted on the deep roots of tradition, they breathe this moment's air. Is it possible for a work to be at once modest and an undeniable tour de force? [Ali] proves: it is."