Poet and Translator Maged Zaher Joins Faculty for Spring Quarter

Written by Laura Paskin
March 3, 2015

Maged Zaher joins the faculty in the Creative Writing program for Spring 2015. His translations of Egyptian poems were recently published as The Tahrir of Poems (Alice Blue Books, 2014), an anthology from the Egyptian Arab Spring. He will teach Global Poetry, where students will read and write poems in the context of global issues related to the politics and aesthetics related to poetry.

Zaher is the author of several poetry collections, including If Reality Doesn't Work Out (SplitLevel Text Press, 2014), Thank You for the Window Office (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), The Revolution Happened and You Didn't Call Me (Tinfish Press, 2012), and Portrait of the Poet as an Engineer(Pressed Wafer, 2009). He has also collaborated with Australian poet Pam Brown on?Farout Library Software (Tinfish Press, 2007). His translations of contemporary Egyptian poetry have appeared in Jacket Magazine, Banipal, and Denver Quarterly.

Zaher, who lives in Seattle, is the recipient of the 2013 Genius Award in Literature from the Seattle weekly The Stranger.

The English Department in the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers degrees in literature, creative writing, film studies, and writing studies.