Read Faisal's poem "Allah Castles" from the May 2021 issue of Poetry. And listen to The Poetry Magazine Podcast where Faisal and Ashley M. Jones talk about faith, teaching, race, human connection, authenticity, seeing and honoring others, and the place of poetry in our lives.
Listen to Faisal's poem "Prayer" featured on the "A Poem for Ritual and Reset" episode of Poetry Unbound, a podcast hosted by poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama and produced by The On Being Project.
Watch Faisal on Ours Poetica, a new program on YouTube that "captures the intimate experience of holding a poem in your hands and listening as it's read by poets, writers, artists, and sometimes unexpected--yet familiar--voices. Brought to you by Complexly, the Poetry Foundation, and poet Paige Lewis. Uploading every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday."
FAISAL MOHYUDDIN is a writer, artist, and educator. The child of immigrants from Pakistan, he is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear Publishing, 2018), which won the 2017 Sexton Prize in Poetry, and was selected as a 2018 Summer Recommendation of the Poetry Book Society and named a "highly commended" collection of the year by the Forward Arts Foundation; it went on to receive an Honorable Mention in the Association of Asian American Studies 2020 Book Award for Poetry. Faisal is also the author of the chapbook The Riddle of Longing (Backbone Press, 2017), and his work has received Prairie Schooner's Edward Stanley Award, a Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize from the Illinois State Library, and an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. His recent work appears in Poetry Magazine, Kweli, The Margins, Pleiades, The Forward Book of Poetry 2019, Chicago Quarterly Review, and RHINO. An alumnus of the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms program, Faisal is a graduate of Carleton College, Northwestern University, and Columbia College Chicago. An educator adviser and master practitioner for the global-not-for-profit Narrative 4, he teaches English at Highland Park High School in Illinois and at the School of Professional Studies at Northwestern University. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois. (Author photo by Wendy Alas / @wendyalasphotography)
2017 Sexton Prize in Poetry | Judged by Kimiko Hahn
2018 Summer Recommendation | Poetry Book Society
"Highly Commended" | Forward Arts Foundation
Honorable Mention | Association of Asian American Studies,
Book Award for Poetry, 2020
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(courtesy of the Missouri Review)