After the Fall: A year of writing & speaking

List of Talks, Publications, and Performances

Summer/Fall 2022

SilkRoad Literary Festival Sept 17, 2022

Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts

 “Prologue to Collapsed Star” and “Longings”

Translated from the Turkmen by Orhan Elmaz and Zohra Saed

Special Feature: A Place, Here 

Guest Editor: Madhu Kaza

“Prologue from Collapsed Star” and “Longings,” Gulf Coast Review, vol. 34, issue 2

June 22, 2022

The Gifts We Carry: Sounds of Migration and Memory

In an evening of music and poetry from Afghanistan and beyond, Yo-Yo Ma hosts a special event marking the Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s return to the National Mall.

This renowned cellist, arts advocate, and longtime friend of the Festival joins us once again as he hosts master and emerging artists in an evening of exchange and improvisation.

Sharing the stage will be Homayoun Sakhi (rubab), Salar Nader (tabla), Ahmad Fanoos (vocals), Elham Fanoos (piano), Mehran Fanoos (violin), Hamid Habibzada (tabla), Nazira Wali (cello) and Alex and Sophie Sherzai (vocals). Featured poets include Khet MarZohra Saed, and Genya Turovskaya. Special guest appearance 

by Chelsey Green (violin).

May 6, 2022

Arabic and Persian Research Activities Day

“Language as Wound in the Poetry of Aria Aber and Sahar Muradi”

Zohra Saed, Macaulay Honors College

“Cold War Literature, World Literature Translating Iranian Fiction” Kamran Rastegar, Tufts

University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK

January 10, 2022

Poem-a-Day American Academy of Poets

“Walnuts in Nangarhar” Zohra Saed

November 23, 2021

Readings for New Moons Anthology Writings by North American Muslims

Tanzila Ahmed, Ramy El-Etreby, Kazim Ali, and Bushra Rehman

November 22, 2021

A CUNY Professor’s Quest to Rescue Her ‘Literary Family’ from the Taliban


Interview with Rick Firstman

November 2, 2021

Afghan, Afghan American, Afghan Again and Again

The world forgets us. The world does not see us. The world turns its back on us, Afghans.

Zohra Saed

The Margins, The Asian American Writers Workshop

October 15, 2021

‘My Homeland’: A Poet’s Quest to Help a Family Flee Afghanistan

Zohra Saed, who teaches at the City University of New York, has rallied the literary community to help another poet and his family get to safety.

Corey Kilgannon, New York Times

October 4, 2021

Stories on Afghan Women, Art, and Everything in Between

A panel discussion with Afghan artists

Our community continues to be touched by Middle East displacements and conflicts with the latest development in Afghanistan and the ongoing Afghan refugee crisis. Given the urgency of this issue, we are honored to host this meaningful and pressing panel.


Ahmad Qais Munhazim, Thomas Jefferson University

Nelofer Pazira, an award-winning Afghan-Canadian director, actress, and journalist

Arash Azizzada, photographer and community organizer

Zohra Saed, Afghan American poet

Middle East Studies Program, University of Wisconsin

September 2, 2021

Contextualizing the Current Crisis in Afghanistan

Speaker: Zohra Saed, Halima Kazem-Stojanovic, Ahmad Rashid Salim

Addressing some of the key points of the current crisis in Afghanistan, a panel of Afghan scholars will contextualize the conflict.

Moderated by Mejgan Massoumi

Stanford University

August 31, 2021

Leaving and Loving Afghanistan: Zohra Saed on cooking, culture, and the volunteer-led rescue operation to get Afghans to safety.

Poetry Foundation Podcasts with Helena de Groot

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