Moonstone Poetry @ Fergie’s Pub
1214 Sansom Street.
Wed. October 9, 2013, 7pm
Afaa Weaver, Daisy Fried & Dilruba Ahmed
Afaa Michael Weaver’s twelfth collection of poetry is The Government of Nature, he has been a Pew fellow, a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan, and been awarded an NEA fellow in poetry. His prizes include two Pushcart prizes, the 2013 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievment, the PDI Award in playwriting from ETA Theatre in Chicago, the May Sarton Award, and a gold friendship medal from the Chinese Writers Association in Beijing.. His eleventh collection of poems is Kama i’reeh (Like the Wind) (2010) a translation of his work into Arabic by Wissal Al-Allaq. Afaa works as a translator, principally in contemporary Chinese poetry. He maintains a translation website called Poets Cafe at: www.transpoet.com
Daisy Fried is the author of three books of poems, Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and She Didn’t Mean to Do It, which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Award. She is the recipient of Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize and the Cohen Award from Ploughshares. Her recent poems have appeared in the London Review of Books, the Nation, the New Republic, Poetry, the Threepenny Review and Best American Poetry 2013. Her critical writing has appeared in the New York Times, Poetry, Poetry Review (UK) and the Threepenny Review, and she received Poetry’s Editors Prize for a Feature Article
Dilruba Ahmed is the author of Dhaka Dust, winner of the Bakeless Literary Prize. Her poems are recent or forthcoming in Poetry, Blackbird, Cream City Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review, and Indivisible: Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. Her writing has also appeared in the Michigan Quarterly Review blog, the National Book Foundation blog, and The Kenyon Review Online. She lives in the greater Philadelphia area.
Open Reading follows, Charles S. Carr, host