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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Come join us for an evening at Skylight Books with authors from Kaya Press–Kazim Ali and Hari Alluri–with special guest Abeer Hoque!

We are so excited to discuss and celebrate these authors’ new and upcoming books: The Secret Room, The Flayed City, and Olive Witch: a memoir.

Kazim Ali’s books include five volumes of poetry, The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day, Bright Felon, Sky Ward, and All One’s Blue: New and Selected Poems; three novels, Quinn’s Passage, The Disappearance of Seth and Wind Instrument; a collection of short stories, Uncle Sharif’s Life in Music, and three collections of essays, Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence, Fasting for Ramadan and Resident Alien: On Border-crossing and the Undocumented Divine. He has translated books by Sohrab Sepehri, Ananda Devi and Marguerite Duras. He is an associate professor of Comparative Literature and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College.

Hari Alluri, who immigrated to Vancouver, Coast Salish territories at age twelve, is the author of Carving Ashes (CiCAC, 2013) and The Promise of Rust (Mouthfeel, 2016). An award-winning poet, educator, and teaching artist, his work appears widely in anthologies, journals and online venues, including Chautauqua, Poemeleon and Split This Rock. He is a founding editor at Locked Horn Press, where he has co-edited two anthologies, Gendered & Written: Forums on Poetics and Read America(s): An Anthology. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University and, along with the Federico Moramarco Poetry International Teaching Prize, he has received VONA/Voices and Las Dos Brujas fellowships and a National Film Board of Canada grant. Hari currently serves as editor of pacific Review in San Diego, Kumeyaay land.

Abeer Hoque is a Nigerian born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She is the author of the linked story collection, The Lovers and the Leavers (HarperCollins India 2015), and a coffee table book of travel photographs and poems, The Long Way Home (Ogro Bangladesh, 2013). She is the recipient of a NYFA grant, a NEA Fellowship, and a Fulbright Scholarship, and she has attended residencies at Saltonstall, VCCA, Millay, and Albee. Her writing and photography have been published in Guernica, ZYZZYVA, 580 Split, and the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, among others. She has BS and MA degrees from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, an MFA in writing from USF, and she has held two solo photography exhibitions.

L.A.-based Kaya Press is an independent press dedicated to innovative literature from the Asian Pacific American and Asian diasporas.

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