Poetic Voices: Re-Opening & Poets' Tour in NYC
Oct
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poetic Voices: Re-Opening & Poets' Tour in NYC

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World explores an art form central to the lives of Muslims around the world. The exhibition highlights poetic traditions from four major language areas—Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu—and introduces poetry from Asia, Africa, and diaspora communities in the U.S. The exhibition also includes multi-media works by the late Samina Quraeshi, who was dedicated to creating greater cultural understanding of her native Pakistan, as well as artwork created by students of teachers who participated in our summer institute on understanding Muslim cultures through the arts.

For the reopening of the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World exhibit, City Lore’s Director of Poetry Programs Sahar Muradi will lead audiences on a unique tour of the exhibit, where the displayed poems come to life in dramatic performances by poets Sara GoudarziSuneela Mubayi, and Adeeba Talukder reading in the original Persian, Arabic, and Urdu.

This program is co-sponsored by City Lore, a non-profit whose mission is to foster New York City – and America’s – living cultural heritage through education and public programs. 

Sara Goudarzi is a Brooklyn writer and editor. Her writing has appeared in National Geographic News, The Christian Science Monitor, Taos Journal of Poetry and ArtThe Adirondack Review and Drunken Boat and featured in an upcoming poetry anthology. Sara is the author of several titles from Scholastic and recently completed her first novel.

Suneela Mubayi is a graduate student in Arabic Literature at NYU where she is completing a Phd in the area of the intersection of classical and modern Arabic poetry. She has translated poems and short stories between Arabic, English and Urdu which have been published in BanipalBeirut39, Jadaliyya and elsewhere. She wishes to try to re-establish the position of Arabic as a vehicular language of the global South, the role it played for many centuries. She also hopes one day to be able to call herself a poet.

Adeeba Shahid Talukder is a Pakistani American poet and translator. She translates Urdu and Persian poetry, and cannot help but bring elements from these worlds to her own work in English. Her chapbook, ‘What Is Not Beautiful,’ is forthcoming through Glass Poetry Press and her book “Shahr-e-jaanaan: The City of the Beloved” is a winner of the Kundiman Prize and is forthcoming through Tupelo Press. A Best of the Net finalist and a Pushcart nominee, Adeeba‘s work has appeared in Glass, Anomaly, Solstice, Washington Square Review, and PBS Frontline among other publications. Adeeba holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and is a Poets House 2017 Emerging Poets Fellow.  [Photo by Aldo Rafael Altamirano]

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Sunday Kind of Love
Mar
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

Sunday Kind of Love

Sunday Kind of Love is a monthly open mic and reading series that features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, the March event features Wo Chan and José B. González! An open mic segment will follow the readings. Co-sponsored by Split This Rock, Letras Latinas, Kundiman, and Busboys and Poets.

Wo Chan is a poet, writer, and drag performer. Wo holds honors from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, Millay Colony of the Arts, and the Asian American Writers Workshop, and is the author of the chaplet ORDER THE WORLD, MOM(Belladonna Press, 2016). Wo has performed their work at NY Live Art, Dixon Place, BAM Fisher, VOX Populi, and the Architectural Digest Expo. Wo is a standing member of the Brooklyn-based drag & burlesque alliance Switch n' Play. Photo by Jocelyn Yan.

José B. González is the author of the International Book Award Finalist, Toys Made of Rock, based on his life growing up in El Salvador and the U.S. He has been featured at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, colleges and universities throughout the U.S., American Latino TV, NPR, and has had his work anthologized in the Norton Introduction to Literature, Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. He is the co-editor (with John S. Christie) of Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, and is the editor of LatinoStories.Com. A Fulbright Scholar, he has been the recipient of the NEATE English Poet of the Year Award and the Latino de Oro Culture and Arts Award. He teaches Latino literature and creative writing at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.

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Kundiman Prize Deadline
Mar
15
12:00am12:00am

Kundiman Prize Deadline

Submissions for the 2017 Kundiman Poetry Prize accepted February 1st – March 15!

The Kundiman Poetry Prize is dedicated to publishing exceptional work by Asian American poets at any stage of their career. Winner receives $1,000 and book publication with Tupelo Press.

More information on how to submit to the Kundiman Poetry Prize can be found here.

Tupelo Press is an independent, literary press devoted to discovering and publishing works of poetry, literary fiction, and creative nonfiction by emerging and established writers.

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House of Godzilla, Rare Birds, and Further Possibilites: A Lambda Litfest Reading
Mar
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

House of Godzilla, Rare Birds, and Further Possibilites: A Lambda Litfest Reading

Celebrate debut poetry collections from Chen Chen, Kazumi Chin, Michelle Lin, and Shelley Wong with a reading and interactive arts workshop as part of Lambda Litfest 2017! Build a house that disrupts containment and binaries, that shapes identity and language—a house that exists in being built, not one we belong to, but work toward.

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