Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali
Photo by Marco Wilkinson.
His books include two volumes of poetry, The Far Mosque (Alice James books) and The Fortieth Day (BOA editions); two novels Quinn's Passage and The Disappearance of Seth (2009); a collection of essays essays, Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence; and a mixed-genre book Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities, which was a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry, and the Lantern Award for Memoir. His new book of essays, Fasting for Ramadan, was published by Tupelo Press in 2011.

Kazim co-founded the small press Nightboat Books and continues to serve as its founding editor. He is co-editor of the volume On Jean Valentine, forthcoming from The University of Michigan Press. In addition to teaching in the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast MFA program, he is assistant professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College. In 2009 he received an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.