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Tarfia Faizullah

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Tulsa is proud to welcome Tarfia Faizullah for a reading as part of their Poetry & Memory Series on Wednesday March 6 at 7:00pm in the Tyrrell Hall Auditorium on the TU campus.

For her first book of poetry, Seam, Tarfia Faizullah lived in Dhaka on a Fulbright fellowship where she interviewed women rape surviors of the Bangladesh LIberation War of 1971. The nine-month war had between 300,000 and 3 million dead and between 200,000 and 400,000 victims of mass rape. Faizullah’s work led Harvard Law School to name her to its 2016 list of “50 Women Inspiring Change.”

Her second book, Registers of Illuminated Villages, is more personal, focusing on questions of identity and living between cultures. Her parents are Bangladeshi immigrants and she grew up in Texas. Yet, in this book, also, violence and war creep in and cast a shadow. In the poem “Register of Eliminated Villages,” the speaker’s night is interrupted by “a register which lists 397 eliminated villages, Kurdish villages in Northern Iraq.”

Faizullah was the judge of Nimrod’s 2023 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry


March 6
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


University of Tulsa – Tyrrell Hall
2930 E 6th Street
Tulsa, OK 74104
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