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

Description:

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

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UPCOMING NEW MOONS EVENTS

January 20th, 2022, 4:30-5:30pm PT / 7:30-8:30pm ET — “Millay Literary League + New Moons: Strategies for Writing Across Form and Language”
This craft talk with Q&A will draw on pieces in the anthology that play with form in poetry and prose (lyric essay, stream of consciousness, writing right to left) and authors who engage writing about and across boundaries of language by employing fragments, call and response, writing about lack of language, writing in multiple languages, and in some cases by refusing to translate.

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. 


PREVIOUS NEW MOONS EVENTS

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! Live on ZOOM!

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 16, 2021, 5:00pm Pacific Collected Works Bookstore – HYBRID
Local New Mexico poets and anthology contributors Fatima van Hattum and Rabia va Hattum will read in store, with fellow contributors Faisal Mohyuddin and Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, along with editor Kazim Ali, will appear via Zoom.

November 17, 2021, 5:00pm Pacific Of Consequence: New Moons + Intergenerational Legacies of Violence: Contemporary Writing by N. American Muslims
A reading and discussion in partnership with Consequence Magazine featuring editor Kazim Ali and contributors Duaa Randhawa, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, and Ayeh Bandeh-Ahmadi, with an introduction by Executive Editor of Consequence Forum, Matthew Krajniak

November 18, 2021, 6pm-7:30pm Pacific — Storytelling & The Muslim Community with Mt. Tam College
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 New Moons editor Kazim Ali and contributors Ayeh Bandeh-Ahmadi, Tanzila Ahmed, Umar Hanif, Faisal Mohyuddin, and Tariq Luthun! REGISTER HERE!

November 23, 2021, 6:00pm PT VIRTUAL, BookSoup in Los Angeles
Featuring editor Kazim Ali and contributors Tanzila Ahmed, Ramy Eletreby, Bushra Reman, and Zohra Saed

December 7, 2021, 7:00pm PT — IN PERSON: Stories LA in Los Angeles
Featuring Tanzila Ahmed, Ramy Eletrby, Mahin Ibrahim, and Aatif Rashid

December 9, 2021, 5:00pm PT VIRTUAL: Chevalier’s Bookstore in Los Angeles
Featuring editor Kazim Ali, Tanzila Ahmed, Ramy Eletreby, Faisal Mohyuddin, Bushra Reman, Rarfia Faizullah, and Sham-E-Ali.

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