Sahar Muradi & Aria Aber

A reading and conversation with two poets
 Sahar Muradi Aria Aber Point Reyes Books
Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 6:00pm


Free, registration required

Sahar Muradi and Aria Aber join us on Zoom for a reading and conversation to celebrate the publication of Octobers (U. Pittsburg Press), winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry.

“I’m in awe of this book. And proud. Sharp, keen, elegant, muscular: Octobers engages both the glories and madness of humanity with refined, rigorous, unapologetic wonder. Exile, homeland, occupation, war—which is to say: love—and time. I’ve been a strong admirer of Muradi’s poetry—literally—for decades, just waiting for this moment. In this resplendent debut, we are witnessing the arrival of a formidable new talent. These poems contain words ‘whose feet never touch the ground.’ Muradi yields meticulous prowess—fired and bolting hard—right from the gate.” —Robin Coste Lewis, author of To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness and Voyage of the Sable Venus 

This event will be livestreamed on Zoom. 


About Octobers

Octobers traces the four great tumults of the author’s life, all of which originated in that jagged month of different years: The US invasion and occupation of her native Afghanistan, the death of her father, the sudden end of a love, and the birth of her daughter. The poems chart heartbreak along a helix, progressively and recursively, where “echoes are inevitable.” Ultimately, the collection is concerned with language—as witness and buoy in the white waters of loss, as a tool for violences small and state-crafted, as an asymptote both approaching ideas of “home” and estranged from it, and, beyond it all and still, as a source of wild wonder. 

About the participants

Sahar Muradi is author of the chapbooks [ G A T E S ], A Garden Beyond My Hand, and Ask Hafiz: A Migration Story Told through Poetic Divination. She is coeditor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature and EMERGENC(Y): Writing Afghan Lives beyond the Forever War: An Anthology of Writing from Afghanistan and Its Diaspora, and coauthor of A Ritual in X Movements. She is a recipient of the Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award and the Patrons’ Prize for Emerging Writers from Thornwillow Press, as well as a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Sahar is cofounder of the Afghan American Artists & Writers Association and dearly believes in the bottom of the rice pot. 

Aria Aber was born and raised in Germany and is currently based in Los Angeles, California. Her debut book, the poetry collection Hard Damage (University of Nebraska Press, 2019), won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and a 2020 Whiting Award. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in The New Yorker, New Republic, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of the NYU MFA in Creative Writing, she holds awards and fellowships from Kundiman, the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, and the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Her first novel GOOD GIRL is forthcoming from Hogarth (US) and Bloomsbury (UK) in 2025, and will be translated into six languages.

OCTOBERS (Pitt Poetry Series) By Sahar Muradi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822967088
Availability: Not On Our Shelves Now (Usually Ships in 1-5 Days)
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - October 10th, 2023

Hard Damage (The Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry) By Aria Aber Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496215703
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2019