Zohra’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 Afghan American poet. She is the co-editor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature (University of Arkansas Press), editor of the chapbook: Langston Hughes: Poems, Photos and Notebook from Turkestan (Lost & Found, The CUNY Poetics Documents Initiative); and Woman. Hand/Pen. (Belladonna Chaplet). Her essays on the Central Asian diaspora and their food history 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.
The Secret Lives of Misspelled Cities, a collection of poems about mythic cities and folkloric figures and also my own mythic family stories, became a finalist in several poetry contests:
“Jalalabad will never be Jbad” finalist, Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Award, Split this Rock (2018)
Tupelo Press, Berkshire Prize Finalist (2016)
Kundiman Poetry Prize, Finalist (2016)
Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize, Finalist (2016)
Stillhouse Press, Short List Finalist (2016)
Trio House Press First Book Award, Finalist (2016)
*Philip Levine First Book Award, Finalist (2014)