List of Talks, Publications, and Performances
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 Mar, Zohra 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.
The Margins, The Asian American Writers Workshophttps://aaww.org/testimony-afghan-afghan-american-afghan-again-and-again/
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
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