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Emerging poets to read during First Fridays

The University of Arizona Poetry Center presents emerging poets Tarfia Faizullah and Francine J. Harris during First Friday, Sept. 4, at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. The reading begins at 7 p.m.

Poets Francine J. Harris (left) and Tarfia Faizullah will share their work during First Friday on Sept. 4 at the Phoenix Art Museum (submitted photos).

Poets Francine J. Harris (left) and Tarfia Faizullah will share their work during First Friday on Sept. 4 at the Phoenix Art Museum (submitted photos).

Bangladeshi Texan poet, educator and editor Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry) and has a forthcoming book from Graywolf Press in 2017. She co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and Video Series with Jamaal May and is a Visiting Professor in Poetry at University of Michigan.

Francine J. Harris’s first collection, Allegiance, was a finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery and PEN Open Book awards. Her second book is forthcoming from Alice James Books. A Detroit native, she is a Fellow at Cave Canem, a literary center dedicated to the development of African American poets, and also a Writer in Residence at Washington University in St. Louis.

Other poets scheduled to read during the 2015-16 season include Mark Doty (Oct. 2), Terrance Hayes (Feb. 5), and Marilyn Hacker (April 13). The series is co-sponsored by the ASU Creative Writing Program. The Doty and Hayes readings are also co-sponsored by Superstition Review, an online magazine produced by students at Arizona State University.

Admission to the Phoenix Art Museum is free on First Fridays. For more information, visit http://poetry.arizona.edu.

 

 

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