Fady Joudah & Anis Shivani - OTHERS WILL ENTER THE GATES

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

No two immigrant poets are the same. Even those from the same country don't necessarily answer to the same poetics or, for that matter, speak to the same concerns. How, then, do immigrant poets in America define themselves? How do they see and position themselves within the landscape of American poetry or the poetic traditions of their own country? Who might they consider their influences? Answers to these questions are complex, individual, and varied, as seen with the essays included in this anthology.

Fady Joudah's poetry and translations have received national and international awards. His latest poetry collections are Alight and Textu from Copper Canyon Press..

Anis Shivani’s poetry books include My Tranquil War and Other Poems (2012) and the forthcoming Soraya: Sonnets (2015). He has also finished a new poetry book called Death is a Festival. His poetry appears in Boston Review, Threepenny Review, Iowa Review, Harvard Review, Black Warrior Review, Volt, Epoch, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Boulevard, Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. Anis is also a fiction writer and critic, the author of Karachi Raj: A Novel (2015), The Fifth Lash and Other Stories (2012), Anatolia and Other Stories (2009), Against the Workshop (2012), and the forthcoming collection Literature in an Age of Globalization (2015). Anis lives in a doomed gothic mansion with his cat Fu in Houston.