[ G A T E S ]: A Poetry Chapbook Launch Party & Reading
November 11 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Poet Sahar Muradi launches [ G A T E S ], her new chapbook out from Black Lawrence Press, with a reading and celebration.
There will be music by Yusuf Misdaq, poetry by Sahar & friends, and some Afghan snacks. Plus poetry projections! **Please come with a poem of yours or another to the theme of gates/thresholds/passages.**
These charged, elliptical poems make space for the unknown and unknowable, even as they vividly summon the tangible body of the world. Shot through with sudden glimpses of violence and beauty, Sahar Muradi’s poems refuse us comfort or closure. They offer only what is—yet, paradoxically, haunt us with the sense that we’re standing on holy ground.
—Joan Larkin, author of MY BODY: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS
Sahar Muradi is a writer, performer, and educator born in Afghanistan and raised in the U.S. / is author of the forthcoming chapbook [ G A T E S ] / is co-editor, with Zohra Saed, of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature / is co-founder of the Afghan American Artists and Writers Association / has published most recently in Brooklyn Rail and Dusie / is the recipient of the 2016 Stacy Doris Memorial Prize and twice recipient of the Himan Brown Creative Writing Award in Poetry / is a Kundiman Poetry Fellow and an AAWW Open City Fellow / has an MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College, an MPA in international development from NYU, and a BA in creative writing from Hampshire College / directs the poetry programs at City Lore / and dearly believes in the bottom of the rice pot.