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Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali is the author of four books of poetry, including The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day, the cross-genre poetic memoir Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities and Sky Ward, which won the Ohiona Award in Poetry, as well as two novels, Quinn’s Passage and The Disappearance of Seth, and two volumes of nonfiction, Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. He has translated three volumes, L’Amour, a novel by Marguerite Duras, and Water’s Footfall and Oasis of Now: Selected Poems, both by Iranian poet Sohrab Sepehri. Ali’s poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Barrow Street, jubilat, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the Iowa Review, Colorado Review, and New Orleans Review. He is co-founder of Nightboat Books and is co-editor of both the Poets on Poetry Series and the Under Discussion Series, and serves as associate editor of the literary journal FIELD. He is director of the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College.