Kaveh Akbar (کاوه اکبر) is an Iranian-American poet and scholar. Akbar was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1989. He is the author of Pilgrim Bell, published by Graywolf Press, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, published by Alice James Books in the US and Penguin Books in the UK, and the chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, published by Sibling Rivalry Press. In 2014, he founded the poetry interview website Divedapper. He received his MFA from Butler University, and his PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University. He is a faculty member at Purdue University, and on the faculty of the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson College. In 2018, he married the American poet Paige Lewis.
|Born||Kaveh Akbar (کاوه اکبر)|
15 January 1989
|Occupation||Poet, editor, professor|
|Notable works||Pilgrim Bell, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Portrait of the Alcoholic|
His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Best American Poetry, The New Republic, Paris Review, PBS NewsHour, Tin House, and elsewhere. Akbar founded the website Divedapper.com, where he interviewed major voices in contemporary American poetry, and he is a member of the collective podcast All Up in Your Ears. On September 1, 2016, Akbar was awarded the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. In 2018, NPR called Akbar "poetry's biggest cheerleader.". With Ocean Vuong, he wrote poems for the 2018 film The Kindergarten Teacher, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal. In 2019, The New Yorker published an online feature around Akbar's long poem "The Palace", and announced that his second full-length poetry collection, Pilgrim Bell, would be published in 2021 by Graywolf Press. In 2020, Akbar was named Poetry Editor of The Nation, a position previously held by Langston Hughes, Anne Sexton, and William Butler Yeats.
Awards and honorsEdit
- Winner of a 2017 and 2018 Pushcart Prize
- Levis Reading Prize
- John C. Zacharis First Book Award
- Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship
- Winner of a Lucille Medwick Memorial Award for a poem on a humanitarian theme
- "The Palace", The New Yorker, April 2019
- "Being in This World Makes Me Feel Like a Time Traveler", The New York Times, October 2017
- "What Use is Knowing Anything if No One is Around", The New Yorker, June 2017
- "Despite My Efforts Even My Prayers Have Turned into Threats", Poetry, November 2016
- "Portrait of the Alcoholic Floating in Space with Severed Umbilicus", Poetry, October 2016
- "Palmyra", PBS News Hour, December 2015
- Frank, Priscilla (January 30, 2017). "Read These Poems By Writers From Each of the Muslim Ban Countries". HuffPost. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
- Lewis, Paige (October 24, 2018). "Tweet from Paige Lewis". Twitter. Retrieved October 31, 2018.[non-primary source needed]
- Staff, Harriet (January 5, 2016). "Kaveh Akbar Reads "Palmyra" at PBS NewsHour". Poetry Foundation. Archived from the original on February 22, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
- "Read poems from the 7 countries affected by Trump's immigration ban". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
- "The Well Review: an arts journal springs up in Cork". The Irish Times. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
- Frank, Priscilla (February 7, 2017). "American Orchestras Are Celebrating Refugees And Immigrants Through Song". HuffPost. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
- "2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship Winners Announced". The Poetry Foundation. September 1, 2016. Archived from the original on March 14, 2017. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
- Verma, Jeevika. "Kaveh Akbar Is Poetry's Biggest Cheerleader".
- Alter, Alexandra (November 23, 2018). "Hollywood Has Long Turned to Novelists for Help. But Poets?". The New York Times.
- Akbar, Kaveh. "The Palace".
- "Kaveh Akbar's poem awarded a Pushcart Prize". Facebook. Retrieved September 11, 2017.[non-primary source needed]
- "Butler Newsroom | Kaveh Akbar MFA '15 Awarded Prestigious Poetry Fellowship". news.butler.edu. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
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