Poetry at Literati: Farnaz Fatemi, Carlina Duan, & Jihyun Yun

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 6:30pm

We're pleased to welcome Farnaz Fatemi to Literati to read from her collection of poetry Sister Tongue. She'll be joined by guest readers Carlina Duan and Jihyun Yun

The poems in Sister Tongue explore negative spaces--the distance between twin sisters, between lovers, between Farsi and English, between the poet's upbringing in California and her family in Iran. This space between vibrates with loss and longing, arcing with tension. Farnaz Fatemi's poetry delves into the intricacies of the relational space between people, the depth of ancestral roots, and the visceral memories that shimmer beyond the reach of words.

Language is one of the origins of the poet's displacement and the evidence of her non-belonging--in both Farsi- and English-speaking communities. The long lyric essay that makes up the spine of this book plumbs years of wordlessness and a journey of reconciliation, as Fatemi asks how her tongue might be a passport to the otherwise inaccessible territories within a self.

The poems in Sister Tongue metabolize longing while holding space for the poet's multiple inheritances, offering a vision of a porosity of self. Through the work of this reckoning, Fatemi reveals how connections between people and places might be forged.\

Farnaz Fatemi, an Iranian American poet, editor & writing teacher, is a founding member of The Hive Poetry Collective in Santa Cruz, CA. Her book, Sister Tongue زبان خواهر, (Kent State University Press, 2022), was selected by Tracy K. Smith, as winner of the 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Some of her work appears in Poem-a-Day (Poets.org)Nowruz Journal, Pedestal Magazine and Tupelo Quarterly and the anthologies Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and its Diaspora and Halal If You Hear Me

Carlina Duan is a writer-educator from Michigan, and the author of the poetry collections I Wore My Blackest Hair (Little A, 2017) and Alien Miss (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2021). Among many things, she loves river walks, snail mail, and being a sister. Carlina’s poems have appeared in POETRY Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Poets.org, The Rumpus, and other publications. Carlina received her M.F.A. in Poetry from Vanderbilt University. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the University of Michigan’s Joint Program in English and Education, and works as the Poetry Editor at Michigan Quarterly Review.

Jihyun Yun is a Korean American writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her debut collection of poetry Some Are Always Hungry  won the 2019 Prairie Schooner Prize and was published by University of Nebraska press in 2020. Her work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Best New Poets, AAWW The Margins and elsewhere. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she is working on a novel as a 2021-2023 Lighthouse Writers Workshop Book Project Fellow.
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Sister Tongue (Wick First Book) By Farnaz Fatemi, Tracy K. Smith (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Farnaz Fatemi, Tracy K. Smith (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781606354445
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Published: Kent State University Press - August 31st, 2022

Alien Miss (Wisconsin Poetry Series) By Carlina Duan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780299331344
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - March 9th, 2021

Some Are Always Hungry (The Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry) By Jihyun Yun Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496222183
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2020