Poet Kaveh Akbar’s work is exciting, beautiful, often disorienting and urgent. Reflected in his poems are the many facets of his identity—he is Iranian-American, largely Midwestern, queer, Muslim, and in recovery. He is thereby situated in the new wave of poets drawing not only on technical mastery, but also the immediacy of their lived experiences to connect with new audiences for linguistically-charged art.
Kaveh Akbar is a poet who teaches at Purdue and the low-residency programs at Randolph and Warren Wilson Colleges. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and Paris Review, among other publications, and he recently became the poetry editor at The Nation. His latest collection Pilgrim Bell, which I can personally assure you is stunning, is to be released by Graywolf this coming August.