Award-Winning Poet Tarfia Faizullah to Read from Her Latest Work

Up-and-coming poet will visit The College of Wooster on Thursday, Nov. 5

28 October, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Award-winning poet Tarfia Faizullah will read excerpts from her latest work on Thursday, Nov. 5, at The College of Wooster. The reading, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

A recent recipient of a Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) New Writers Award for Poetry, Faizullah will read from Seam, a collection of poems that Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey described as “beautiful and necessary."

Faizullah’s book explores the ethics of interviewing as well as the history of the Birangona — Bangladeshi women raped by Pakistani soldiers during the Liberation War of 1971. “I don’t believe there is an art that can ever render something as unreasonable and as violent as human suffering,” said Faizullah. “I tried to write a book that acknowledges the limitations of that rendering as much as it is helpless before those ‘images of the atrocious’ and the ways in which those images are forgotten even as they continue to haunt us.”

Born in Brooklyn and raised in west Texas, Faizullah received her MFA in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Poetry in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, and serves as a contributing editor for The Offing. In addition to the GLCA award, she received the 2015 VIDA Award in Poetry and the 2015 Binghamton University Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award. Her other honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, as well as scholarships and fellowships from Kundiman, Bread Loaf, Kenyon Review, Sewanee, and Vermont Studio Center. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Poetry Daily, Oxford American, Ploughshares, jubilat, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and elsewhere.

Faizullah’s reading is sponsored by the English Department’s Donaldson Fund. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2575) or e-mail.