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Profile: Tarfia Faizullah

Title: Delbanco Visiting Professor of Creative Writing
MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University  2009

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Born in Brooklyn and raised in west Texas, Tarfia Faizullah is the Pushcart Prize winning author of Register of Illuminated Villages (forthcoming from Graywolf in 2017), Seam (SIU, 2014), winner of the 2012 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, the 2015 VIDA Award, the Milton Kessler First Book Prize, and the GLCA New Writers' Award. Her poems appear in Poetry MagazineAmerican Poetry Review, Oxford American, jubilatNew England Review, The Missouri Review, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere, and are anthologized in The New Breakbeat Poets AnthologyPoems of Devotion, Excuse This Poem: 100 Poems for the Next Generation, The Book of Scented Things, and Best New Poets 2013, and elsewhere. Honors include a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, scholarships and fellowships from Kundiman, the Fulbright Foundation, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and Vermont Studio Center. She has collaborated with rapper and emcee Brooklyn Shanti, composer Jacob Cooper, and photographer Elizabeth Herman. She is the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Creative Writing in Poetry at the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program and co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press & Video Series with Jamaal May. 
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Primary Interests

Eastern European poetry
Socially engaged poetry 
Poetry in translation 
Formal poetry 
Lyric essays 
South Asian studies 
Islamic studies 


Register of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf Press, forthcoming 2018)
Seam (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014)
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