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Kazim Ali, poet-novelist, to read latest works for Distinguished Writer Series


Kazim Ali

  • September 10, 2013

Kazim Ali – poet, fiction writer and essayist – will read from his most recent books when he appears Monday, Oct. 21, at California State University, East Bay as the featured author for the Distinguished Writers Series presented by the university’s English Department.

The 6 p.m. event will be held in the Biella Room of the University Library on CSUEB's Hayward Campus, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Admission is free, and the public is invited. A book signing and question and answer session will follow.

Ali has published eight books, including three poetry works and five that are novels or essays. His latest book, containing poetry, is Sky Ward (Wesleyan University Press, 2013). Two other books containing his poetry are The Far Mosque and The Fortieth Day. His books of prose include Quinn’s Passage; The Disappearance of Seth Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities; Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence; and Fasting for Ramadan.   

An associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College in Ohio, Ali was the winner of the Alice James Books‘ New England/New York Award and earlier was named author of one of “The Best books of 2005” by Chronogram magazine.

“We’re so fortunate to have such a vibrant, talented writer read in our series,” said Steve Gutierrez, CSUEB English professor and director of the Distinguished Writers Series for 2013-14. “Working in many forms, he succeeds in all. He’ll be a treat for our students.”

In addition to his teaching at Oberlin, Ali is associate editor for AWP Writers Chronicle and founding editor of the small press, Nightboat Books. Further information about Ali can be found at

CSUEB welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please notify event sponsor in advance at (510) 885-3400 if accommodation is needed. Campus parking is $2 per hour, payable at kiosk machines located in campus parking lots.

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