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Author Tarfia Faizullah Appearing Wednesday for Raymond Carver Reading Series
Poet Tarfia Faizullah will take part in a Q&A session and read from her work on Wednesday, Feb. 28, as part of the 2017-18 Raymond Carver Reading Series. The Q&A is at 3:45 p.m. and the reading is at 5:30 p.m., with both activities taking place in Huntington Beard Crouse Hall’s Gifford Auditorium.
Faizullah teaches in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan as the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor in Poetry. Her new book of poems, “Registers of Illuminated Villages,” will be published by Graywolf Press on March 6.
Her debut poetry collection, “Seam” (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), won a VIDA Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, the Milton Kessler First Book Award and the Drake University Emerging Writers Award.
Faizullah has been a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes and the Frederick Bock Prize. Her poems have been published widely in periodicals and anthologies in the United States and abroad; have been translated into Bengali, Chinese, Persian, Spanish and Tamil; and have been featured at the Smithsonian and the Rubin Museum of Art.
She has collaborated with photographer Elizabeth Herman, emcee and producer Brooklyn Shanti and composer Jacob Cooper, and has served as an editor for Blackbird, Asian American Literary Review, Four Way Review, Orison Books, New England Review, Organic Weapon Arts and most recently, an issue of Poetry Magazine, guest-edited with Lawrence Minh-Bui Davis and Timothy Yu.
The Raymond Carver Reading Series is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, Stephen King, the Dr. Scholl Foundation, the Lynn & David Pleet ’53 Fund for Creative Writing, the Richard Elman Visiting Writer Fund, the Friends of Creative Writing, Chris Tennyson, Jerome Cohen, Jane and Daniel Present, Don McNaughton, and the Interdisciplinary Fund for the Humanities from Leonard and Elise Elman.