Shadab Zeest Hashmi

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Shadab Zeest Hashmi (born August 16, 1972) is an American poet of Pakistani origins. Her poetry, written in English, has been translated into Spanish and Urdu.[1] She has been the editor of the Magee Park Poets Anthology and MahMag and is a columnist for 3 Quarks Daily.[2] Many of Hashmi's poems explore feminism, history and perspectives on Islam.[citation needed]


Shadab Zeest Hashmi grew up in Peshawar, Pakistan.[3] She graduated from Reed College in 1995[3] and received her MFA from Warren Wilson College.[4] Her poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner,[5] Poetry International, Vallum, Atlanta Review,[6] Nimrod, The Bitter Oleander,[2] Journal of Postcolonial Writings,[7] The Cortland Review, The Adirondack Review, New Millennium Writings, Universe: A United Nations of Poets, Drunken Boat, Split this Rock,[8] Hubbub,[2] Pakistani Literature Women Writings[9] and others.[10]

Shadab Zeest Hashmi's essays on eastern poetic forms such as the ghazal and qasida have been published in the Journal of Contemporary World Literature,[11] and her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies, Knot magazine,[12] and "3 Quarks Daily"[13] In 2010, Poetic Matrix Press published Shadab Zeest Hashmi's book Baker of Tarifa, which won the 2011 San Diego Book Award for poetry.[14]

Baker of Tarifa is a book of poems based on the history of Muslim Spain; it attempts to recreate a near millennium of Andalusi culture which transformed Western thought, values, art science and technology, building a legend of peaceful co-existence known as "la convivencia". The work looks at Muslim Civilization as a bridge between antiquity and modernity, East and West, between three continents (Africa, Asia, and Europe) and three religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam); a golden chapter not only in Muslim and European history, but human history.[15] Shadab Zeest Hashmi has been inspired by the music of the Al-Andalus Ensemble.

Eleanor Wilner called Hashmi's poems "luminous."[16] Shadab's latest book is Kohl & Chalk, which uses themes from her own life as a naturalized American citizen, while also remembering her home in Pakistan.[3]


Published Essays:

  • Qasida
  • Ghazal
  • Memoir Essay
  • Essay
  • Review
  • Ghazal, Sufism and the Birth of a Language
  • "Saying" the Ghazal: Duende and Performing the Courtly Art of the Ghazal


  • "Sultana Morayma: the Last Queen of al-Andalus", Mizna, Summer '16 Issue, Volume 17.1 p. 57 ISSN 1535-2331
  • "Across the Windowsill", San Diego Museum of Art
  • "Iman", San Diego Reader [17]
  • "Passing through Peshawar"
  • "It’s Your Marmalade House"
  • "Guantanamo"


  • Kohl & Chalk (Poetic Matrix Press: January 25, 2013). ISBN 978-0985288396
  • Baker of Tarifa (Poetic Matrix Press: September 1, 2010). ISBN 978-0-982-73434-6



  1. ^ a b Waqar, Arif (22 March 2015). "Writing Ghazal in English". The News on Sunday. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Turkovich, Marilyn (2 January 2012). "Shadab Zeest Hashmi: Call to Prayer". Voices: Compassion Education. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Donahue, Bill (June 2011). "Between Two Worlds". Reed Magazine. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  4. ^ Hashmi, Shadab Zeest (2010). "Notes for my Husband". Pakistaniaat. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  5. ^ Hashmi, Shadab Zeest (2014). "Ghazal: Tangle". Prairie Schooner. 88 (2): 23. doi:10.1353/psg.2014.0034. S2CID 201769263.
  6. ^ Hashmi, Shadab Zeest (2014). "Qasida Sequence for Peshawar (Poem)". Atlanta Review. 20 (2): 29–30. Retrieved 18 January 2016 – via EBSCO.
  7. ^ Hashmi, Shadab Zeest (2011-05-01). "Gunga Din's Revenge; She breaks her fast with a pinch of salt; Bilingual". Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 47 (2): 240–242. doi:10.1080/17449855.2011.557254. ISSN 1744-9855. S2CID 161305213.
  8. ^ Hashmi, Shadab. "Ghazal For The Ninth Month". Split This Rock. Split This Rock. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Women Writers Achieved Exceptional Prominence". The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan). 5 March 2008. Archived from the original on 10 September 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  10. ^ Staff, Harriet. "HuffPo Presents Eight Emerging Poets and Fiction Writers". Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  11. ^ Hashmi, Shadab. "The Ghazal: Expressing the Inexpressible". Contemporary World Literature. Contemporary World Literature. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  12. ^ Hashmi, Shadab. "Silk Road Qasida". Knot Magazine. Knot Magazine. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  13. ^ Hashmi, Shadab. "Ghazal, Sufism, and the Birth of a Language". 3 Quarks Daily. 3 Quarks Daily. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Poem of the Day: "Guantanamo" by Shadab Zeest Hashmi". San Diego Free Press. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  15. ^ Rauf, Saleha (21 February 2015). "LLF: 'Study the Past in Context to Learn From It'". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  16. ^ Hashmi, Shadab (2010). Baker of Tarifa. Poetic Matrix.
  17. ^ "Iman". Retrieved 2016-07-31.

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