Presented by the NYU Creative Writing Program
In his most recent poetry collection, Sky Ward (Wesleyan University Press, 2013), Kazim Ali reinvents the possibilities for the personal lyric and narrative. He will read alongside Srikanth Reddy, who probes this world’s cosmological relation to the plurality of all possible worlds in Voyager (University of California Press, 2011). April Naoko Heck provides an introductory reading from her first poetry collection, A Nuclear Family (UpSet Press, 2013).
Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Kundiman.
Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer, and translator. His books of poetry include The FarMosque, The Fortieth Day, and Bright Felon. Ali is an associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College and teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.
April Naoko Heck‘s first collection of poems, A Nuclear Family, is forthcoming from UpSet Press in fall 2013. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications including the Asian American Literary Review and Cleveland Plain Dealer. She works as the Readings Coordinator in the NYU Creative Writing Program.
Srikanth Reddy is a poet and literary scholar working at the intersection of critical and creative practice in the humanities. As a poet, he is interested in the theory and politics of literary form, with an emphasis on how complex formal deliberations may shed light on the philosophical ground of ethical action. As an Asian American writer, he frames these aesthetic investigations within the broad diasporic context of a transnational poetics. His first collection, Facts for Visitors, received the 2005 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. In, Voyager, he serially “erases” a single text — the memoir of the late UN Secretary General and former Nazi SS officer Kurt Waldheim — in order to explore the plurality of narratives and subjectivities concealed within any totalizing dream of identity. He teaches at the University of Chicago.