Poet Mohja Kahf was raised in Indiana by her Muslim parents and uses her gifts of language and insight to put into words the experience of being “other” in a culture that values blending in. Her poetry looks at American life from both sides, with gentle humor that allows non-Muslims see beyond differences to what we share as humans. Hagar Poems is her newest book of poetry. Her novel, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, instantly became a valued addition to the growing body of Muslim-American literature. Currently a professor at the University of Arkansas, she is a sparkling addition to this year’s festival.
The Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation welcomes Professor Mohja Kahf to Books in Bloom.