Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including several volumes of poetry, novels, and translations. He is currently a professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra and a memoir of his Canadian childhood, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water.

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New Moons Anthology

Kazim Ali

Publication Date: November 16, 2021

$22.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 9781636280066


A dynamic collection of contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by North American Muslims.

From the Introduction: “The goal with this anthology is to represent that full range of contemporary expressions of Islam, as well as a full range of genres—poetry, fiction, essay, memoir, political writing, cultural writing, and of course plenty of texts which mix and match and blur all of these modes . . . the trajectories between the pieces—like that of kismet—will be multiple, nonlinear, abstract. The Muslim community is plural and contradictory. This collection of voices ought to be symphony and cacophony at once, like the body of Muslims as they are today.”—Kazim Ali


November 3, 2021, 4:00pm PTHen House at Home Presents the New Moons Launch Celebration! – A celebratory event featuring over twenty New Moons contributors and editor Kazim Ali to celebrate the release of the New Moons anthology! Viewing details TBD

November 11, 2021 – Millay Literary League bi-monthly meeting Featuring Melissa Febos (GIRLHOOD) and Melissa Faliveno (TOMBOYLAND) – A New Moons representative will speak for 5-10 minutes about the New Moons collection and the upcoming series of events featuring New Moons authors and Millay.

November 18, 2021, 6pm-7:30pm Pacific — Storytelling & The Muslim Community with Mt. Tam College (tentative title)
A discussion hosted by Mt. Tam College (Prison University Project at San Quentin) between former student/inmate Sajad Shakoor, filmmaker R.J. Lozada, and New Moons authors about the power of storytelling to share inter-generational legacies/traumas, to heal, to connect diaspora, to build community and make things happen. This will be a fundraiser for Mt. Tam and promotion for New Moons. It will also feature a 7-minute-ish screening of the second half of With This Knowledge, a super short/inspiring film R.J. made about Sajad and another former inmate.

Featuring several New Moons contributors (TBD) with introduction by Kazim Ali!

Early December –Millay holiday party annual fundraiser– Date TBA –  Millay Arts will feature New Moons!

January — Millay Literary League featuring New Moons #1 – Details TBD

March— Millay Literary League featuring New Moons #2 – Details TBD

April/May — Old Town Books Writer’s Festival — Date TBA
Ally Kirkpatrick at Old Town Books has invited us to feature New Moons writers in their in-person Writer’s Festival next spring.