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Organized by Orchid Tierney
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Arts Cafe, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk

Please join on us on Wednesday, April 17, at 12:00 PM, for a poetry reading in support of the survivors and victims of the March 15 terrorist attack at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, Aotearoa-New Zealand. Organized by Penn graduate student Orchid Tierney, this lunchtime event will feature readings by ADITYA BAHL, HUSNAA HASHIM, and FATEMEH SHAMS, followed by a discussion. Lunch will be served. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP by emailing or by calling 215-746-POEM.

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ADITYA BAHL is the author of three chapbooks of poetry: This is Visual Poetry by Aditya Bahl (Dan Waber), Since 1988 (Delete Press), and Name Amen (Timglaset Editions). He is at work on an experimental book-length translation of a single, short poem by Muktibodh, the great Hindi modernist and Marxist. Excerpts from this project have appeared in Social Text, Datableed, and Almost Island. His visual work is being exhibited at Museo Sperimentale d’Arte Contemporanea in L’Aquila (Italy). He is enrolled in the Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University.

HUSNAA HASHIM is the 2017-2018 Youth Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, and author of the poetry collection Honey Sequence. She is a first year student at the University of Pennsylvania. Husnaa has competed with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement, performed at various conferences and festivals, and received numerous Scholastic Art and Writing Awards including a National American Voices Medal awarded at Carnegie Hall. Husnaa’s work can be found in RookieMag, KidSpirit Online, the Kenyon Young Writers Anthology, the Voices of the East Coast Anthology, and APIARY 9, among others.

FATEMEH SHAMS is assistant professor of modern Persian literature. In her capacity as a creative writer and poet, Fatemeh has so far published three poetry collections. Her most recent poetry collection, When They Broke Down the Door (Mage Publisher), was released in paperback in 2016 and it also received the Latifeh Yarshater’s annual book award in 2017. She was recognized as one of the leading voices of Persian poetry in exile in 2012 when she received the annual poetry award of Jaleh Esfahani in London. Her most recent poems have/will appear in various anthologies, World Literature Today and Michigan Quarterly journal.