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An Evening with National Book Award Finalist Solmaz Sharif

Photo of Solmaz Sharif

Solmaz Sharif. Photo by Arash Saedinia.

Sharif’s writing explores themes of war, exile and immigration

by Kaila Basile '20

Iranian-American poet and National Book Award finalist Solmaz Sharif will read and discuss her work during “An Evening with Solmaz Sharif” on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium. A book sale and signing will follow the program.

Sharif was born in Istanbul to Iranian parents and currently lives in the U.S. Her writing recounts personal experiences with warfare, exile and immigration in order to critique the prevalence of violence in American society.

Sharif’s first poetry collection, LOOK, was a 2016 National Book Award finalist and a 2017 PEN Open Book Award finalist. She received the 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. She was recognized with multiple fellowships, including a winter fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, an NEA fellowship and a Stegner Fellowship. Her work has appeared in journals and magazines including The New Republic and Poetry.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of English and American studies, the creative writing program and the Women’s & Gender Resource Center.

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Published November 21, 2017