Afaa Weaver, Daisy Fried & Dilruba Ahmed

Moonstone Poetry @ Fergie’s Pub
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 7pm
Afaa Weaver, Daisy Fried & Dilruba Ahmed

Born in Baltimore in 1951, Afaa Michael Weaver (Michael S. Weaver) has been a Pew fellow, a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan, and been awarded an NEA fellow in poetry. He has had plays produced professionally and worked as an editor and free lance journalist. His short fiction is included in the anthology Children of the Night. 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: In March 2013 his twelfth collection of poetry, The Government of Nature, was published by U of Pittsburgh Press. Afaa completed his graduate work in creative writing at Brown University (1987) where his focus was playwriting. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, and teaches at Simmons College.

Daisy Fried is the author of three books of poems, Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice (Pittsburgh, 2013), My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (Pittsburgh, 2006), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and She Didn't Mean to Do It (Pittsburgh, 2000), 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. She teaches in Warren Wilson College's MFA Program for Writers and at Temple University, and lives in South Philadelphia.

Dilruba Ahmed is the author of Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press, 2011), 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

For Information: Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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