Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad, director of the Creative Writing program at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, will read from her poetry in a free public program Feb. 22 in the Wilson Special Collections Library at 2 p.m.
While pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998, Ahmad began losing her eyesight. Her poetry, rooted in authentic life experience, has been celebrated for its candor about blindness and disability.
Ahmad is a founder of Black Ink Writers Workshop and The Fractured Writer Sunday Workshop Series in Greensboro. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Robert Frost Prize in Poetry, the Margaret Walker Alexander Award for Poetry, and an NC Arts Council Artist Grant.
Ahmad’s books include necessary kindling (Lousiana State University Press, 2001) and the color of memory (Clear Vision Press, 1997), and her poems have appeared in the literary journals Obsidian III, The African American Review, and Washington Square Review, among others.
This reading is part of the series “Exploring Diversity Through the Cultural and Performing Arts,” sponsored by the University Library Diversity Committee, with assistance from the UNC Performing Arts and Special Activities Fund.