TARFIA FAIZULLAH was born in 1980 in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Midland, Texas. She is the author of REGISTERS OF ILLUMINATED VILLAGES (forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2018), as well as a previous poetry collection, SEAM (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), winner of a VIDA Award, a GLCA New Writers’ Award, a Milton Kessler First Book Award, Drake University Emerging Writer Award, and other honors. Her poems are published widely in periodicals and anthologies both in the United States and abroad, are translated into Persian, Chinese, Bengali, Tamil, and Spanish, have been featured at the Smithsonian, the Rubin Museum of Art, and elsewhere, and are the recipients of multiple awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, three Pushcart Prizes, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, and other honors.
Tarfia has collaborated with photographer Elizabeth Herman, emcee and producer Brooklyn Shanti, and composer Jacob Cooper, and has served as an editor for Blackbird, Asian American Literary Review, Four Way Review, Orison Books, New England Review, Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press, and most recently, an issue of Poetry Magazine, guest-edited with Lawrence Minh-Bui Davis and Timothy Yu. She has been invited to present her work at the Library of Congress, the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice, the Radcliffe Seminars at Harvard University, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and elsewhere. In 2016, she was recognized by Harvard Law School as one of 50 Women Inspiring Change. Tarfia received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and currently teaches in the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program as the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor in Poetry.