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Award-Winning Poet to Read at Widener

March 27, 2012

Poet Dilruba Ahmed asked an evocative question in a press release accompanying her first book’s publication. “What does it mean to be a Philadelphia-born Bangladeshi-American woman, a writer of color with a Muslim surname raised in small Midwestern towns?”

The New York Times said in its review that her book, “Dhaka Dust, winner of the 2010 Bakeless Prize for poetry, is her attempt at an answer. Though she’s American, Ms. Ahmed makes it clear that she’s been honed and haunted by her ghost homeland, Bangladesh.”

Ahmed will read from her work at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the Drost Room on the second floor of the Wolfgram Memorial Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

You can read a poem by Ahmed published in Philadelphia Stories.

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