F202. Allama Iqbal’s Diasporic Children: A Reading by Pakistani American Poets

E146, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


How do poets envision home? The poet Iqbal is often credited with conceiving of the idea of Pakistan as a homeland for Muslims. And since the birth of the nation in 1947, poetry has been an integral part of its people’s DNA. In America, many with roots in Pakistan continue to turn to poetry to feed their hunger for belonging. Four award-winning Pakistani American poets share work that explores varying ideas of home while also showcasing the beauty and diversity of their literary heritage.



Faisal Mohyuddin is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children, winner of the 2017 Sexton Prize in Poetry, and the chapbook The Riddle of Longing. He teaches English at Highland Park High School in Illinois and serves as an educator adviser to the global not-for-profit Narrative 4.

Shadab Zeest Hashmi, author of Kohl & Chalk and Baker of Tarifa, has an MFA from Warren Wilson. She has won the San Diego Book Award and the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies worldwide and has been translated into Spanish and Urdu.

Adeeba Shahid Talukder is a Pakistani American poet and translator. Her collection of poems, Shahr-e-jaanaan: The City of The Beloved, won the 2017 Kundiman Poetry Prize. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and a Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship.

Raza Ali Hasan is the author of three books of poetry. His fourth poetry book is out to various contests. His poems have appeared in many poetry journals. He received his MFA from Syracuse University. He teaches in the English department at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


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