2:30 PM to 2:55 PM
An Afternoon With Mohja Kahf
Mohja Kahf will perform from her poetry–published as well as new poems.
About Mohja Kahf
Mohja Kahf, a professor at the University of Arkansas since 1995, competed at the National Poetry Slam in 1999. Professor became poet, and her delivery has never been the same, riveting packed halls with its exuberance and demands for audience participation. Her first poetry book, E-mails from Scheherazad, was a finalist for the Paterson Prize. Hagar Poems, her second book of poetry, reimagines figures from scriptures, and won honorable mention in the Arab American National Museum’s 2017 Book Awards. Kahf’s essay about the difficult birth of her son, “The Caul of Inshallah,” won a Pushcart Prize. The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, her novel about a Syrian girl growing up in Indiana, was chosen for the 2017 One Book Project by Indiana University East. “Where’s my movie offer?” she asks. Under her arm are three poetry manuscripts and two or three prose manuscripts that she would thrill to see published.