Kazim Ali (born 1971) is an American poet, novelist, essayist and professor. 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, Boston Review, Barrow Street, Jubilat, The Iowa Review, West Branch and Massachusetts Review, and in anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2007.
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.
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.
He was born in the UK 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 MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.
Awards and honors
- 2014 Best Translated Book Award, Poetry, one of two runners-up for The Oasis of Now by Sohrab Sepehri, translated from the Persian by Kazim Ali and Mohammad Jafar Mahallati.
- [when?] Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council.
- Sky Ward (Wesleyan, 2013)
- The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2008)
- The Far Mosque (Alice James Books, 2005)
- Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press, 2009) – Book cover by map artist Nikolas Schiller.
- Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence (University of Michigan Press, 2010)
- "Fasting for Ramadan: Notes on a Spiritual Practice" (Tupelo Press), 2010
- Library of Congress Online Catalog: Kazim Ali
- The American Poetry Review > Nov/Dec 2006, Vol. 35/No. 6 > Kazim Ali Archived June 3, 2009, at WebCite
- Nightboat Books > About Us: Editor Biographies Archived June 3, 2009, at WebCite
- BOA Editions > Author Page > Kazim Ali Archived June 3, 2009, at WebCite
- Chad W. Post (April 28, 2014). "BTBA 2014: Poetry and Fiction Winners". Three Percent. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
- Oberlin College: Creative Writing Department > Faculty Bio > Kazim Ali
- BOA Editions > Author Page > Kazim Ali
- Author Website
- University of Southern Maine: Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing > Faculty Profile > Kazim Ali
- Video: Poetry Reading by Kazim Ali/Two short poems
- Audio: Kazim Ali Reading for Fishousepoems.org
- Essay: National Book Critics Circle Blog > Small Press Spotlight: Kazim Ali > A mini-essay: A Brief Poetics: to Layla Al-Attar > August 16, 2008
- Essay: Poetry Foundation Blog Posting of Poetry Is Dangerous > By Kazim Ali
- Interview: KickingWind.com > October 15, 2006 > Every Other Day Interview with Kazim Ali
- Under A Warm Green Linden: Interview with Kazim Ali on The Far Mosque