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Uyghur-English Poetry Reading: Summer is a Conspiracy

Tue, Sep 20, 5:30 pm
Global and International Studies Building First-floor Lounge

a night of poetry featuring the translated works of Tahir Hamut
Tuesday, September 20, 5:30pm
Global and International Studies Building First-floor Lounge
in Uyghur and English

The IU Department of Central Eurasian Studies, with the generous support of the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, cordially invites you to Summer is a Conspiracy, a Uyghur-English poetry night celebrating the works of modernist poet Tahir Hamut. We are thrilled to welcome the poet himself, a leading figure in Uyghur literature, to the IU Bloomington campus to read selections from his large corpus of work. English translations of each poem will be read after the original Uyghur. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a light reception.

Tahir Hamut Biography:
Tahir Hamut was born in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China, in 1969. He began writing poetry in 1986 and graduated from the Central Institute for Nationalities (now the Minzu University of China) with a degree in Uyghur Language and Literature in 1992. He has become one of the most influential modernist figures in contemporary Uyghur literature; at present, more than 200 of his poems and 30 of his other literary works, translations, and scholarly articles have appeared in numerous publications. His Schools of Western Modernist Literature (Gherb Modernizm Edebiyati Éqimliri) was published by the Xinjiang People’s Press in 2000, and several of his poems have been included in major Uyghur-language poetry collections. From 2011 into the present, English translations of his works have been published in Crazyhorse, Gulfcoast, Berkeley Poetry Review, Words Without Borders, Banango Street, and Off the Coast. Tahir began working in film and television in 1998 and has produced and directed many documentaries, artistic films, and variety shows since then. He has taught as an invited professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Drama at the Xinjiang Arts Institute in Ürümchi since 2008, and in 2009 founded Izgil, an Ürümchi-based media company, where he still works today.