We're pleased to welcome Khaled Mattawa, Chris Tysh, Bassam Sidiki, Vizo, and 'Pemi Aguda to our At Home with Literati Series for a benefit reading in support of Freedom House Detroit. Founded in 1983 and located in Southwest Detroit, Freedom House Detroit is a temporary home and lifetime community for indigent survivors of persecution from around the world who are seeking asylum in the United States and Canada.
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Please select "In Our Own Words - A Benefit Reading" as the gift inspiration. All donations of $25 or more will receive a one-year digital subscription to Michigan Quarterly Review.
’Pemi Aguda is from Lagos, Nigeria. She has an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. She is a 2021 Fiction Fellow with the Miami Book Fair.
Khaled Mattawa has published five full volumes and a chapbook of poetry, most recently Fugitive Atlas. He translated several volumes of Arabic poetry and edited anthologies of Arab American writing. Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and a former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Mattawa is the William Wilhartz Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan, where he edits Michigan Quarterly Review.
Chris Tysh is a poet whose latest publications are Hotel des Archives: A Trilogy (Station Hill Press, 2018) and Derrida’s In/Voice (BlazeVOX 2020). She holds fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and The Kresge Foundation as well as a Murray Jackson Creative Scholar in the Arts Award from Wayne State University where she teaches writing.
Bassam Sidiki is a Pakistani-American writer, scholar, and critic, currently pursuing his PhD in English at University of Michigan. He is the current nonfiction editor at Asymptote and former nonfiction editor at MQR. His poems, essays, and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Hyphen, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Bangalore Review, Counterclock, Jaggery, Wordgathering, and The Aleph Review, Pakistan's premier annual literary anthology. He has received a Hopwood Award for his creative nonfiction and honorable mentions for the Ora Mary Phelam Poetry Prize and for the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.
Known on stage as Vizo, Alondra Alvizo, is a Mexican born poet raised in Detroit with a passion for growing plants, people, and artistic potential. Vizo has performed a variety of her original work on countless stages across the nation with special performances at BIG10 Universities including University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Vizo uses poetry to bring alive the narratives of marginalized communities in addition to honoring her own journey throughout life and academia. Aside from being a self-published author, Vizo also leads identity and poetry workshops and provides free poems biweekly via text to a growing subscribed audience. Vizo takes pride in building community and loves connecting with community members, feel free to follow her work on Instagram both at @vizosvoice and @itsvizo.