Join us at T2F for an engaging evening of English literature featuring Pakistan’s leading writers and poets. This special edition of In Their Own Voice is brought to you by Oxford University Press, to celebrate Pakistan’s rich cultural and literary heritage.
• Welcome by Ameena Saiyid
• Introductions by Fawzia Afzal-Khan
• Poetry and Prose Readings
• Discussion on the Pakistani Tradition of English Letters
Fawzia Afzal-Khan is Professor of English Literature at Montclair State University, New Jersey. She is a published poet and an author of several books and articles of scholarly criticism. Fawzia is a winner of several prestigious fellowships and has lectured all over the world. One of her recent professional assignments was to set up a Postcolonial Studies Graduate Programme at the Government College University, Lahore.
Kaleem Omar started writing poetry in 1955. His work has appeared in prestigious magazines and periodicals, as well as various anthologies. He edited the much acclaimed Wordfall: Three Pakistani Poets, consisting of work by him, Taufiq Rafat and Maki Kureishi. Kaleem Omar’s work has been broadcast in the United States, Pakistan, and India.
Muneeza Shamsie is the editor of three pioneering anthologies of Pakistani English Literature, the most recent being And the World Changed: Contemporary Stories by Pakistani Women. She also writes short stories and contributes articles to Dawn, She, and Newsline. Muneeza Shamsie is the Managing Editor of a work-in-progress, The Oxford Companion to the Literatures of Pakistan.
Adrian Husain is a Guinness Poetry Prize winning poet as well as a scholar and is equally known for his selection of verse, Desert Album, as for his critical work on Shakespeare, Politics and Genre in “Hamlet”. Adrian Husain is currently working on a book on Richard II. He has also written a novel titled Touch of Earth which will be published shortly.
Asif Farrukhi has edited or co-edited Fires in an Autumn Garden, an anthology of short stories from Pakistan, An Evening of Caged Beasts: Seven Post-modernist Urdu Poets, and An Anthology of Pakistani Fiction. He is the founder-editor of Duniyazad, a literary journal. Asif Farrukhi is a creative writer and a literary critic, and has translated widely from world literature and South Asian literature into Urdu.
Date: Tuesday, 4th December 2007