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Afrose Fatima Ahmed - Poetry Chapbooks


Afrose Fatima Ahmed (Seattle) is a hybrid Texan-Washingtonian who writes poems on emerald city streets and at the tops of evergreen trees. She is the daughter of Muslim immigrants from India. Her body and her art live in liminal spaces: polar US borderlands, the division between land and sea, the place where urban density drops off into rural solitude. Afrose comes to poetry as just one avenue for creating experiences of beauty and communion for herself and other people. her writing emphasizes all the senses and acknowledges a world in which humans are suffering and experiencing bliss against wild landscapes that are simultaneously living and dying.

Afrose holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Texas where she translated from Urdu to English the poetry of Makhdoom Mohiuddin, a revolutionary and romantic poet from afrose’s homeland of Hyderabad, India.

Afrose is a 2017 Artist Trust GAP grant recipient, a 2017 Jack Straw Writer, and a Voices of Our Nations Arts (a multi-genre workshop for writers of color) alumna.

Afrose is the author of four self-published poetry chapbooks: he won’t dance with me (December 2013), BODY OF WATER (October 2016), 70,000 Veils (October 2016), and Season’s Grievings (August 2017).  Afrose is currently working on her first full length collection of poems entitled blood gold and honey, which are a few of her favorite things, and takes the shape of a tarot deck of her own design.

Afrose climbs in her spare time, in order to gain perspective.