Tarfia Faizullah

Tarfia Faizullah was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Bangladeshi parents and raised in Texas.

Faizullah is the author of two poetry collections, Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf Press, 2018) and Seam (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014). Her work was anthologized in The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019), edited by Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo

Faizullah’s writing, which has been translated into Bengali, Chinese, Persian, and Tamil, has appeared widely in both the U.S. and abroad in publications such as The Hindu Business Line, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Poetry, Ms. Magazine, Oxford American, The New Republic, and The Nation. Faizullah presents work at institutions and organizations worldwide, in addition to being featured at the Liberation War Museum of Bangladesh, Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Rubin Museum of Art, and elsewhere. She has also been a part of numerous interdisciplinary projects, including the theater production Birangona: Women of War.

Faizullah has been the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship and three Pushcart Prizes. In 2019, she was named a USA Artists Fellow. She currently lives in Dallas.