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READINGREADING with Maged Zaher, Tarfia Faizullah, and Chris Tysh

  • DittoDitto Books 1548 Trumbull Ave Detroit, MI, 48216 United States (map)

Please join DittoDitto for this special reading organized in conjunction with the exhibition Detroit to Baghdad: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here. This exhibition is on view at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn until July 12, 2015.

Bangladeshi-American poet, educator, and editor Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (SIU 2014) and Register of Eliminated Villages (Graywolf 2017). She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, scholarships and fellowships from Kundiman, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Vermont Studio Center, and other honors. Recent poems appear in Poetry Magazine, New England Review, Oxford American, jubilat, and elsewhere. Tarfia is the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Poetry in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan and co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and Video Series with Jamaal May.

Poet and playwright, Chris Tysh is the author of several collections of poetry and drama. Her latest publications are Our Lady of the Flowers, Echoic (Les Figues, 2013); Molloy: The Flip Side (BlazeVox, 2012); and Night Scales: A Fable for Klara K (United Artists, 2010).

She is on the creative writing faculty at Wayne State University. Her play, Night Scales, a Fable for Klara K, was produced at the Studio Theatre in Detroit under the direction of Aku Kadogo in 2010. She holds fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation.

Maged Zaher is the author of IF REALITY DOESN'T WORK OUT (SplitLevel Texts, 2014), THANK YOU FOR THE WINDOW OFFICE (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), THE REVOLUTION HAPPENED AND YOU DIDN'T CALL ME (Tinfish Press, 2012), and PORTRAIT OF THE POET AS AN ENGINEER (Pressed Wafer, 2009). His collaborative work with the Australian poet Pam Brown, FAROUT LIBRARY SOFTWARE, was published by Tinfish Press in 2007. His translations of contemporary Egyptian poetry was published as THE TAHRIR OF POEMS (AliceVlue Books, 2014). He performed his work at Subtext, Bumbershoot, the Kootenay School of Writing, St. Marks Project, Evergreen State College, and The American University in Cairo. Maged is the recipient of the 2013 Genius Award in Literature from the Seattle weekly The Stranger.