Kazim Ali’s books encompass multiple genres, including the volumes of poetry The Voice of Sheila Chandra (Alice James Books); Inquisition (Wesleyan University Press); All One’s Blue (HarperCollins India); Sky Ward (Wesleyan University Press), which won the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions); The Far Mosque (Alice James Books), which won the Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award; and the cross-genre texts Bright Felon (Wesleyan University Press) and Wind Instrument (Spork Press). His most recent book is Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water (Milkweed Editions). His novels include The Secret Room: A String Quartet (Kaya Press), and among his books of essays are the hybrid memoir Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies (Tupelo Press) and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice (Tupelo Press). He is also a translator of Marguerite Duras, Sohrab Sepehri, Ananda Devi, Mahmoud Chokrollahi, and others, and an editor of several anthologies and books of criticism. He is a professor and Chair of the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.