COME AND TRY OUT YOUR NEW WORK ON US!
Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington
1:30-4:30 — Third Floor Seminar Room (NOTE ROOM CHANGE)
Note that the Poetry Forum will meet on the FIFTH Sunday for this month only, in the 3rd floor Seminar Room. We will revert to our usual FOURTH Sunday schedule in Room 108 next month.
Shadab Zeest Hashmi’s Baker of Tarifa, a book based on the history of interfaith tolerance in Al Andalus (Muslim Spain), won the 2011 San Diego Book Award for poetry. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart prize multiple times, translated into Spanish and Urdu, and have appeared in Poetry International, Vallum, Nimrod, The Bitter Oleander, The Cortland Review, The Adirondack Review, Hubbub, RHINO, Journal of Postcolonial Writings, Spillway, and are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Drunken Boat and other places. She represents Pakistan on UniVerse: A United Nations of Poetry, and has taught in the MFA program at San Diego State University as a writer-in-residence. She is a guest columnist for 3 Quarks Daily. Kohl and Chalk is her new book of poems.
TOPIC: Making a Point in Two Lines: The Challenge of the Modern Ghazal. The Ghazal is a form whose aesthetics allow it to make a grand gesture in merely two lines. How does a successful Ghazal string these “independent, epigrammatic” couplets without sounding archaic or sentimental? In this workshop, we’ll take a brief look at the rich tradition of the Ghazal in Urdu and explore some well-crafted Ghazals by contemporary American poets.
Bring 17 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued. *$5 – $10 donation appreciated.
This project is partially supported by grants from: Poets & Writers, the Illinois Arts Council
and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.