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Kaveh Akbar

Promoted to Associate Professor
Department of English

Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Paris Review, and elsewhere. Akbar’s second full-length volume of poetry, “Pilgrim Bell,” will be published by Graywolf in August 2021, and an edited anthology will print via Penguin Classics in 2022. Akbar’s debut, “Calling a Wolf a Wolf,” was published by Alice James in the U.S. and Penguin in the UK. Akbar is also the author of the chapbook, “Portrait of the Alcoholic,” published in 2016 by Sibling Rivalry Press.

In 2020, The Nation appointed Akbar to its prestigious poetry editor position. The native of Tehran, Iran, has earned numerous additional honors including multiple Pushcart Prizes, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, the Levis Reading Prize, and the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. In 2014, Akbar founded Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in American poetry.