Nationally published poets to read on campus

February 4, 2014
Tarfia Faizullah
James Arthur

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Two nationally published poets will read for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s humanities department Visiting Writers Reading Series on Thursday, Feb. 6 in the Harry and Laura Nohr Art Gallery, Ullsvik Hall, UW-Platteville, at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

Featured poets include Tarfia Faizullah and James Arthur, who will do selected readings from their published poetry.

“Bangladeshi American poet Tarfia Faizullah approaches translation and cross-cultural identification with originality and unforgettable lyricism,” said Dr. Kara Candito, assistant professor of creative writing at UW-Platteville and recipient of the 2013 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. “James Arthur is a poet of transitory spaces and transformations. He recites his poems from memory, often tapping out meter on the underside of his wrist.”

Faizullah is the author of “Seam” (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), winner of the 2012 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems appear in “Ploughshares,” “The Missouri Review,” “The Southern Review,” “Massachusetts Review,” “Ninth Letter,” “New England Review,” “Washington Square,” “Best New Poets 2013” and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, she received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and is the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Project Award, a “Ploughshares” Cohen Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, a “Copper Nickel” Poetry Prize, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop and Vermont Studio Center and other honors.

“I spent my college years in awe of the transcendence that is possible when we open ourselves to the emotional and intellectual transformation poetry demands,” Faizullah said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a small part of that extraordinary time for UW-Platteville students.”

Arthur’s poems have appeared in “The New Yorker,” “The New Republic,” “Poetry,” “Ploughshares” and “The American Poetry Review.” He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, a Discovery/“The Nation” prize and a residency at the Amy Clampitt House. His first book, “Charms Against Lightning,” was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012 as a Lannan Literary Selection. He is an assistant professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

Contact: Dr. Kara Candito, department of humanities, (608) 342-6154,

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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