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New Writing Series Fall 2020 - via Zoom

Samiya Bashir -- Wednesday, October 21, 2020 -- Zoom at 5:00 pm

Samiya Bashir

photo credit: Nina Johnson  


Sometimes Samiya Bashir makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. Her work has been widely published, performed, installed, printed, screened, experienced, and Oxford comma’d. The 2019-20 Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Winner in Literature, Bashir is currently in pandemic exile far from Italy and further yet from home. More info at

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 914 5324 6454

Password: samiya

Aamer Hussein -- Wednesday, November 18, 2020 -- Zoom at 5:00 pm

Aamer Hussein

Aamer Hussein was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, but has lived in the UK since the 1970s. Hussein’s legendary output in poetic prose fiction includes the short story collections Mirror to the SunThis Other Salt, Turquoise, The Blue Direction, Insomnia and 37 Bridges and Other Stories as well as the novels Another Gulmohar Tree and The Cloud Messenger. His work has also been anthologized and he has edited numerous anthologies and collections by other Pakistani writers. He currently works at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, where he teaches Urdu.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 953 2392 1154

Password: aamer

Randa Jarrar -- Wednesday, December 9, 2020 -- Zoom at 5:00pm

Randa Jarrar

Randa Jarrar is the author of the memoir Love Is An Ex-Country, the novel A Map of Home, and the collection of stories Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. She is also a performer who has recently appeared in Hulu’s award-winning series Ramy, as well as the short films Got Game and Finjan. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times MagazineSalonBitchBuzzfeed, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of a Creative Capital Award and an American Book Award, as well as awards and fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, Hedgebrook, PEN, and others. A professor of creative writing, Jarrar is Executive Director of RAWI, a literary nonprofit that serves Arab American writers. She lives in Los Angeles.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 988 6265 4340

Password: randa



The New Writing Series is brought to you by the Literature Department and the Division of Arts and Humanities

The New Writing Series thanks the Department of Visual Arts for providing us with the SME Presentation Space

For more information contact Professor Kazim Ali.