Elizabeth Alexander and Taha Muhammad Ali

Inprint hosts African-American and Palestinian poets

Two of today’s leading poets share the stage when Elizabeth Alexander and Taha Muhammad Ali,appear at the latest Inprint Reading Series presentation.

Elizabeth Alexander, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is also a playwright and essayist. Her work centers on the African-American experience. She has published four collections of poems, including American Sublime (that’s the one the Pulitzer people liked so much), and a collection of essays, The Black Interior. The Chicago Tribune has said Alexander “weaves biography, history, experience, pop culture and dream.” During her stop in Houston, Alexander is likely to read from her just-released collection of criticism, Power & Possibility.

Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali is a self-taught writer who began his career by selling souvenirs near the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth during the day and reading Arabic classics and literature at night. That was more than 50 years ago. Now, Muhammad Ali travels the world presenting his writings about his volatile and troubled homeland. According to the Boston Globe, Muhammad Ali’s writings about the continued Arab-Israeli conflict are “not slogans, not hatred, but art of the highest order.” His latest book, So What: New and Selected Poems, is about his childhood; his village was destroyed during the Arab-Israeli War, and his family escaped to Lebanon. Today Muhammad Ali will speak in Arabic, with MacArthur fellow Peter Cole translating. 7:30 p.m. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Avenue. For information, call 713-521-2026 or visit www.inprinthouston.org. $5 general admission, free for students and seniors.
Mon., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2007

 
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