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Hyphen Magazine reviews Dhaka Dust

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

“What’s so promising about Dhaka Dust is precisely that Ahmed never evades our contemporary moment, taking on a globalizing, anxiety-stricken world while always focusing on the contradictory ways that her speakers live through them. Over the course of these poems, Ahmed subtly crafts the emotionally complex terrain that captures the sprawl and dislocation that shape our early 21st century psychology.” –Hyphen Magazine review of Dhaka Dust










New York Times reviews Dhaka Dust

Monday, September 5th, 2011
"Though she’s American, Ms. Ahmed makes it clear that she’s been honed and haunted by her ghost homeland, Bangladesh. But that knowledge offers small solace, only dual exile...." 
--"Poets’ Visions of America From the Inside and Out," The New York Times









Dhaka Dust reviewed on “Shelf Awareness”

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Shelf Awareness for Readers reviews Dhaka Dust:  ”Ahmed’s work interweaves a grounded Stateside presence with the ghosts of her cultural homeland, all under the influence of a personal, yet holistic, sense of place and language. The image of dust recurs throughout the book, but is not a limiting theme; in her poems, it can remind us of the absolute dirtiness of life, the taste of a finely powdered spice or the particular haziness of memory.”







Book Launch Party 7/16/11- Save the Date

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Dhaka Dust Book Launch Party!

July 16, 8 PM
The Black Sheep
247 S. 17th Street
(17th & Latimer, between Spruce & Locust)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
FREE.  Light appetizers.
Cash bar.

Featuring poetry by Dilruba Ahmed, Tua Chaudhuri, and Ross White, & fiction by James McAdams. Hosted by Seth Pollins.

Below:  a sneak preview of an early finished copy of the book (click for a closer look).

Dhaka Dust



















Jean Valentine & “the hidden way of each of us, buried”

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

My post on Jean Valentine’s amazing Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems is now online at the National Book Foundation’s blog.








Review of DHAKA DUST on Poetry Foundation blog

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Rigoberto Gonzales reviews Dhaka Dust on Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s blog: “Harriet readers, put Dhaka Dust on your must-have list this season.”






Indivisible Editors on Blog Talk Radio

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Neelanjana Banerjee and Pireeni Sundaralingam discuss their award-winning anthology, Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry, co-edited with Summi Kaipa – and read a poem of mine in the process.






Philly music & poetry this Wednesday

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This Wednesday, listen to Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Iain Haley Pollock read his work at the Tritone as part of Embrace of Love and Resistance – a chance to catch some poetry, rock out, and donate books or cash for a good cause.









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When the party is over – AWP off-site reading on Sunday

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

It’s Sunday, AWP is over, and you just haven’t had enough poetry.  Come out to the Writer’s Center in nearby Bethesda for a reading and reception for Indivisible, which just won the 2011 Northern California Book Award!

February 6, 2011, 2-4:00 PM, Reading and reception
The Writer’s Center – Bethesda
4508 Walsh St.
Bethesda, MD 20815
(GPS: Use Chevy Chase)
(301) 654-8664

I’ll read with Indivisible editor Pireeni Sundaralingam and anthology contributor Ravi Shankar.


Justin Bigos interview, THE COLLAGIST

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Justin Bigos on literary assassination, his poem “Oración por Tim Cook” in The Collagist, and more, with a very nice mention of Dhaka Dust.