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Kzzim Ali. Courtesy The Field Office.

Kazim Ali (born 1971)[1] is an American poet, novelist, essayist, and academic.


He was born in the United Kingdom to parents of Indian descent, and raised in Canada and the United States. Kazim Ali received a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from the University at Albany, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University.[2]

In 2003 he co-founded the independent press Nightboat Books, and served as its publisher from 2004 to 2007, and currently serves as a founding editor.[3]

Ali is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College and teaches in the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine. Previously, he taught in the Liberal Arts Department of The Culinary Institute of America, at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and at Monroe College.

His most recent books are The Disappearance of Seth (Etruscan Press, 2009) and Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press, 2009). His honors include an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. His poetry and essays have been featured in many literary journals and magazines including The American Poetry Review,[4] Boston Review, Barrow Street, Jubilat, The Iowa Review, West Branch and Massachusetts Review, and in anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2007.

Publications Edit


  • Unravelled. Pittsburgh, PA: Guyasuta, 1992.
  • The Fortieth Day: Poems. Rochester, NY: BOA Editions, 2008.
  • The Far Mosque. Farmington, ME: Alice James Books, 2005.
  • The Disappearance of Seth. Wilkes-Barre, PA: Etruscan Press, 2009.
  • Quinn’s Passage. Buffalo, NY: BlazeVox Books, 2004.
  • Fasting for Ramadam. North Adams, MA: Tupelo Press, 2011.
  • Sky Ward. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2013.


  • Bright Felon: Autobiography and cities. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2009.
  • Orange Alert: Essays on poetry, art, and the architecture of silence. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2010.


  • Marguerite Duras, L'amour (translated with Libby Murphy). Rochester, NY: Open Letter, 2013.
  • Suhrāb Sipihrī, The Oasis of Now: Selected poems (translated with Mohammad Jafer Mahallati). Rochester, NY: BOA Editions, 2013.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[5]

See also Edit

The Fortieth Day by Kazim Ali "Dear Sunset, Dear Avalanche," "Rope"

The Fortieth Day by Kazim Ali "Dear Sunset, Dear Avalanche," "Rope"

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