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This Thursday, MSUM Professor Yahya Frederickson will start off this year’s McGrath Visiting Writers Series with a reading of his latest poetry collection, In a Homeland Not Far: New and Selected Poems. This event will be free and open to the public.
Published by Press 53 back in April, In a Homeland Not Far is the result of Frederickson’s travels throughout different countries, such as Yemen, Syria, Nigeria, and Ethiopia. Frederickson’s previous book of poems, The Gold Shop of Ba-’Ali, won Lost Horse Press’s 2013 Idaho Prize, while his fourth chapbook, The Birds of Al-Merjeh Square: Poems from Syria, won Finishing Line’s Open Chapbook Competition in 2013.
Author John Balaban has described In a Homeland Not Far as “a marvelous travelogue through places where one would hardly venture now …but places and people are seen here in warm detail of the everyday before the misrule of violence. Frederickson’s narrative moves with delightful lyric grace, as if William Carlos Williams had somehow been transported to Arab deserts and towns.”
Khaled Mattawa, author of Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation, has said, “Frederickson delivers on his ambitious humanist quest with lyrical verve, narrative mastery and numerous spiritual and psychological insights.”
In the past Frederickson has taught in Yemen as a Peace Corps volunteer and served as a Fulbright Scholar in Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Kyrgyzstan. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and a PhD in English from University of North Dakota.
In addition to his poetry books, Frederickson’s work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Crab Orchard Review, Flyway, The Laurel Review, Midwestern Gothic, Mizna, Prairie Schooner, and several other journals.
– Särah Nour