Creative Writing
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Department Chairs:
Sylvia Watanabe (Sem. I)
Dan Chaon (Sem. II)

Administrative Assistant:
Suzanne Overstreet

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Phone: (440) 775-6567
Fax: (440) 775-6677

Location:
153 W. Lorain Street

Oberlin, OH, 44074

Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali

Associate Professor

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Office:
153 W. Lorain Street, Room 204
(440) 775-6576

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Office Email: creativewriting@oberlin.edu Dept. Telephone: (440) 775-6567

Kazim Ali

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, SUNY at Albany, 1993
  • Master of Arts, SUNY at Albany, 1995
  • Master of Fine Arts, New York University, 2001


Kazim Ali is the author of four books of poetry, including The Far Mosque (Alice James Books), The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions), the cross-genre poetic memoir Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities and Sky Ward (both from Wesleyan University Press), two novels Quinn's Passage (BlazeVox Books), named one of the Best Books of 2005 by Chronogram, and The Disappearance of Seth (Etruscan Press) and two volumes of nonfiction, Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence (University of Michigan Press) and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice (Tupelo Press). He has translated three volumes, L'Amour, a novel by Marguerite Duras (Open Letter) and Water's Footfall (Omnidawn) and Oasis of Now: Selected Poems (BOA Editions) both by Iranian poet Sohrab Sepehri.

Ali's poetry has appeared in many national journals including American Poetry ReviewBoston Review,Barrow StreetjubilatHayden's Ferry ReviewThe Iowa ReviewColorado Review, and New Orleans Review. An essay on his work by Meena Alexander appeared in American Poet. Ali's essays on poetry and poetics have appeared widely, and from 2007-2009 he wrote a regular column for American Poetry Review

In 2003 Ali co-founded the independent press Nightboat Books and served as its publisher from 2004-2007. Under his leadership Nightboat Books published numerous critically acclaimed books, including Radical Love: 5 Novels by Fanny Howe,The Truant Lover by Juliet Patterson, Envelope of Night: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1966-1990 by Michael Burkard and a reissue of Dura by Myung Mi Kim. He continues to serve as an editor with the press. He is co-editor of both the Poets on Poetry Series and the Under Discussion Series, both housed at the University of Michigan Press and serves as associate editor of the literary journal FIELD.

In addition to his work at Oberlin College, Ali has also been a visiting writer or faculty member at various retreats including the Frost Place Festival of Poetry, the Kundiman Retreat for Asian American Poets, and the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets and in MFA programs including Naropa University, Antioch University Los Angeles, Murray State University, University of Southern Maine, and the University of Michigan.

http://www.kazimali.com

 

Quinn's Passage

 

The Far Mosque

 

 

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Poems

Listen to Kazim's poems on-line
Poems at the American Poetry Review
Poems at Chax
Poem at jubilat 

    
 

 

 Books

The Far Mosque at Alice James Books
Quinn's Passage at BlazeVox Books
River Road (electronic chapbook) 

 

 

 


BERNARD FARAI MATAMBO is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College. He teaches courses in fiction, nonfiction, transitional prose forms as well as poetry and internationally-focused electives in Creative Writing. He received his BA from Oberlin College, OH, and an MFA from Brown University, RI, where his writing received both the Beth Lisa Feldman Award for Fiction and the Matthew Assatly Award from the Literary Arts Program. His work has been published in Witness, Pleiades, AGNI, Cincinnati Review, The Journal, Laurel Review and plume poetry among others, and has been nominated for the Pushchart Prizes and Caine Prize for African Writing. He has received residency fellowships from The Blue Mountain Center and the I-Park Foundation and has served as visiting artist at the Delta Gallery in Harare, Zimbabwe. An excerpt from his forthcoming novel was awarded the Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant by Ohioana Library. Bernard is a recent recipient of an international arts education grant from the Minneapolis Foundation to develop a course study of community arts and arts education in Zimbabwe.