Visiting Poets

Leila Chatti

Leila Chatti
Photo Credit: Henrik Mader

In a review for Leila Chatti’s debut full-length collection Deluge (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), winner of the 2021 Levis Reading Prize and longlisted for the 2021 PEN Open Book Award, Publishers Weekly praised how the book “translates a gritty, traumatizing experience into a hypnotic, transcendental topography of the human spirit.” A Tunisian-American dual citizen, Chatti is also the author of two chapbooks, Ebb (New-Generation African Poets, 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press. Her poems have received prizes from Ploughshares’ Emerging Writers Contest, the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart Prize, among others. She currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the Mendota Lecturer in Poetry, and serves as the Consulting Poetry Editor at the Raleigh Review.

Chatti will read in our series on April 5, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, and will introduce the winner and finalists of the 16th Annual Poetry Prize for High School Girls in New England and New York. We hope to be able to welcome guests to campus, but streaming links will be made available on our homepage if the campus is in a restricted operating mode. This reading is co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies Program and the Sams Fund.

Poetry Center Reading

Spring 2022