Kazim Ali Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator.

His books include several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward (Wesleyan University Press, 2013), The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award, The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions, 2008), and the cross-genre text Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press, 2009). He has also published a translation of Water's Footfall by Sohrab Sepehri (Omnidawn Press, 2011), and (with Libby Murphy) L'amour by Marguerite Duras (Open Letter Books, 2013). His novels include Quinn's Passage (blazeVox books), named one of "The Best Books of 2005" by Chronogram magazine and The Disappearance of Seth (Etruscan Press, 2009), and his books of essays include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence (University of Michigan Press, 2010), Fasting for Ramadan (Tupelo Press, 2011).

In addition to co-editing Jean Valentine: This-World Company (University of Michigan Press, 2012), he is a contributing editor for AWP Writers Chronicle and associate editor of the literary magazine FIELD and founding editor of the small press Nightboat Books.

He is an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College.

Sky Ward by Kazim Ali
Sky Ward
Wesleyan, 2013
The Far Mosque by Kazim Ali
The Far Mosque
Alice James Books, 2005
The Fortieth Day by Kazim Ali
The Fortieth Day
BOA Editions, 2008
Quinn's Passage by Kazim Ali
Quinn's Passage
blazeVox books, 2005
The Disappearance of Seth by Kazim Ali
The Disappearance of Seth
Etruscan Press, 2009
Bright Felon by Kazim Ali
Bright Felon:
Autobiography and Cities

Wesleyan University Press, 2009
Orange Alert by Kazim Ali
Fasting for Ramadan by Kazim Ali
Fasting for Ramadan
Tupelo Press, 2011
Fasting for Ramadan by Kazim Ali
Water's Footfall
by Sohrab Sepehri
Omnidawn Press, 2011
Fasting for Ramadan by Kazim Ali
by Marguerite Duras
Open Letter Books, 2013
Fasting for Ramadan by Kazim Ali
The Oasis of Now
by Sohrab Sepehri
BOA Editions, 2013


Jean Valentine: This-World Company
University of Michigan Press, 2012




Kazim Ali Online


Audio & Video
YouTube Channel

Fishouse Audio

Faculty Pages
Oberlin College

Founding Editor
Nightboat Books

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