Zohra Saed’s poetry and essays have been published in numerous anthologies and journals. Some publications include This Day: Diaries of American Women Ed. Joni B. Cole, Rebecca Joffrey, and B.K. Rakhra; Chosen Shore: Stories of Immigrants (Life History) Ellen Alexander Conley (U. California Press); Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out Ed. Fawzia Afzal Khan (Olive Branch Press); Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality Ed. Sarah Hussein (Seal Press); Gallerie International Journal: Afghanistan Ed. Bina Sarkar (India); Speaking for Herself: Asian Women’s Writings (Penguin India Books). She has performed as part of the cast of the legendary theater director Ping Chong’s Undesirable Elements where the ensemble cast performed at the first National Asian American Theater Festival. The full script was published in New York Theater Review Ed. Brook Stowe.
Zohra Saed is a Brooklyn based writer. She is the co-editor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature (University of Arkansas Press), editor of Langston Hughes: Poems, Photos, and Notebooks from Turkestan (Lost & Found, The CUNY Poetics Documents Initiative); and Woman. Hand/Pen. (Belladonna Chaplet). Her essays on the Central Asian diaspora have appeared in Eating Asian America (NYU Press) and The Asian American Literary Review. She co-founded UpSet Press, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit indie press, with poet Robert Booras. Zohra is an Assistant Professor of Literature at Bard Early College, Queens.
Audio recording of Binding the Woman to her Navel [thanks to Asia Pacific Forum which was then on WBAI Radio NYC] : Listen HERE
Recent Literary Successes:
2019 “Sister of my spine” and “Just like Jalalabad” Tinderbox Poetry Journal (Forthcoming Fall 2019)
2019 10 Questions for Zohra Saed by Emily Wojcik in The Massachusetts Review
Jalal Abad, once Adinapour,
is the mythic city of shine—
the whim of a Mughal King, Jalaludin Akbar,
known for his fondness for citrus and fountains.
—from “Jalalabad Will Never Be JBAD,” from Volume 59, Issue 4 (Winter 2018)
2018 Selected, Cave Canem Workshop with LaTasha N. Diggs “Procedures, Discomforts, and Retellings.”
2018, Selected, “To Carry within Us an Orchard, to Eat!” Winter Tangerine/Kundiman Food Writing Workshop.
2018, Finalist, Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest, Split this Rock for: “Jalalabad will Never be Jbad.”
2018, Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest for “Aquanet Days.”
2016-2017, The Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC, CUNY Graduate Center) Dissertation Fellowship.
2014-2015 IRADAC/Schomburg Digitization Fellow.
2010-2015 Communications Fellow, Bernard L. Schwartz Communications Institute at Baruch College.
Some essays that I have PDF copies of:
From Eating Asian America: