Blue Stoop Presents: Tarfia Faizullah in conversation with Raena Shirali

Join us for a poetry reading and discussion with Tarfia Faizullah and Raena Shirali!

Tarfia Faizullah’s highly anticipated second collection, Registers of Illuminated Villages, extends and transforms her powerful accounts of violence, war, and loss into poems of many forms and voices—elegies, outcries, self-portraits, and larger-scale confrontations with discrimination, family, and memory. One poem steps down the page like a Slinky; another poem responds to makeup homework completed in the summer of a childhood accident; other poems punctuate the collection with dark meditations on dissociation, discipline, defiance, and destiny; and the near-title poem, “Register of Eliminated Villages,” suggests illuminated texts, one a Qur’an in which the speaker’s name might be found, and the other a register of 397 villages destroyed in northern Iraq. Faizullah, the author of the award-winning collection Seam, is an essential poet, whose work only grows more urgent, beautiful, and—even in its unsparing brutality—full of love.

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of REGISTERS OF ILLUMINATED VILLAGES (Graywolf Press 2018), as well as a previous poetry collection, 
SEAM (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), winner of a VIDA Award, a GLCA New Writers’ Award, a Milton Kessler First Book Award, Drake University Emerging Writer Award, and other honors. Her poems are published widely in periodicals and anthologies both in the United States and abroad, including Poetry Magazine, Guernica, Tin House, and The Nation, are translated into Persian, Chinese, Bengali, Tamil, and Spanish, have been featured at the Smithsonian, the Rubin Museum of Art, and elsewhere. In 2016 she was recognized by Harvard Law School as one of 50 Women Inspiring Change. In Fall 2018, she will join the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a Visiting Writer in Residence.

Raena Shirali is a poet, editor, and educator from Charleston, South Carolina. Author of GILT (YesYes Books, 2017), Shirali recently received a VIDA scholarship for Sundress Academy for the Arts’ Residency and the 2018 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. Her other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Philip Roth Residency at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry, and the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize. She lives in Philadelphia, where she recently co-organized We (Too) Are Philly, a summer poetry festival highlighting voices of color. She is also a Poetry Editor for Muzzle Magazine and Poetry Reader for Vinyl.

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Event date: 
Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Registers of Illuminated Villages: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978006
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 6th, 2018

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Published: Southern Illinois University Press - March 6th, 2014

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Published: Yesyes Books - March 15th, 2017