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November 22, 2017

SVSU welcomes internationally published poet for reading

Tarfia FaizullahUPDATE: Due to illness, the poetry reading featuring Tarfia Faizullah has been canceled. Organizers hope to reschedule her appearance at a later date.


Saginaw Valley State University will welcome award-winning poet Tarfia Faizullah to campus for its Voices in the Valley series. She is scheduled to read selections of her work Thursday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. in Founders Hall.

Published throughout the United States and abroad, Faizullah's work has been translated in five different languages, included Chinese, Bengali, and Spanish. Author of "Registers of Illuminated Villages" and "Seam," her work has been featured in the Smithsonian and The Rubin Museum of Art.

Faziullah’s first book, “Seam” (2014), won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her honors and awards also include an Associated Writers Program Intro Journals Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, a Copper Nickel Poetry Prize, a Ploughshares’Cohen Award, and a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Margaret Bridgman Scholarship in Poetry. Faziullah also has served as the editor of seven different literary magazines and journals.

Faizullah currently serves as the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor in Poetry at the University of Michigan. She completed a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sponsored by the Department of English, the “Voices in the Valley” series brings creative writers and other speakers to SVSU to share their artistic voices with students, faculty and the community. Admission is free of charge.

For more information on this event, contact Arra Ross, SVSU assistant professor of English, at or 964-4032.