All Things Diode

Hazem Fahmy’s passionate debut collection, Red//Jild//Prayer (Diode Editions, 2018), maps a corporeal journey from rage to ecstasy, from fear to pride, ‘unabashed, unafraid’, from the profound alienation of the ‘silly, brown boy’ who defines himself ‘by that which makes me hate myself’ to the courageous emblazoned joy of intimacy and hope, of ‘Scream:/we are here,/ habiby./ Tomorrow can’t tame this love.’

Read the full review in Sukoon here.

Hazem Fahmy is a Pushcart-nominated poet and critic from Cairo. He is currently pursuing his MA in Middle Eastern Studies and Film Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. His debut chapbook, "Red//Jild//Prayer" won the 2017 Diode Editions Contest. A Kundiman and Watering Hole Fellow, his poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming in Apogee, AAWW, the Boston Review and The Offing. His performances have been featured on Button Poetry and Write About Now. He is a reader for the Shade Journal, and a contributing writer to Film Inquiry.

Last week, Diode author Jared Harél read poetry and shared signed copies of his book Go Because I Love You with senior residents, caretakers and essential workers of Atria on Roslyn Harbor in a socially-distant reading made possible by Temple Beth Sholom synagogue and school. The event was part of a wider community service grant implemented by Temple Beth Sholom, which also featured hands-on programming with readings, cooking, music, & technology. Check out the photos from the book signing below!

Go Because I Love You, the debut poetry collection by Jared Harél, is a book of arrivals and departures. It is about childhood and parenthood, desire and obligation, about who we love and how we stay. Through a series of poems which interweave the domestic and daily with the political and historical, Harél crafts a portrait of 21st-century American life that is humorous, haunting and utterly human.

Jared Harél has been awarded the ‘Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize’ from American Poetry Review, as well as the ‘William Matthews Poetry Prize’ from Asheville Poetry Review. Additionally, his poems have appeared in such journals as the Bennington Review, Massachusetts Review, The Southern Review, and Tin House. Harél teaches writing at Nassau Community College, plays drums, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and two kids.

Join us in welcoming new Diode intern Chi Kyu Lee.

Chi Kyu is a poet born and raised in Seoul. He recently graduated from Cornell University with a major in English and a minor in Arabic. He will be attending the MFA program at the University of Minnesota starting this fall. He is crazy about languages (make him practice Arabic or ASL!) and anything queer. He loves to read Asian-American, Arab-American, and Arabic literature.


Diode: What are some major themes of your work?

Chi Kyu: Queerness, race, religion, intercultural dialogue (especially between the US, Korea, and the Arab world, often through travel narratives), and family are some major themes of my work.

D: Which artists/writers inform your work?

C K: Alice Fulton and Michael Prior (my instructors); Ocean Vuong, Chen Chen, Eduardo C. Corral, and other modern and contemporary Queer poets have influenced me.

D: What are you currently reading?

C K: I'm currently reading Ahlem Mosteghanemi's The Bridges of Constantine which I highly recommend!

Watch this space this summer for posts from Chi Kyu! 🖊️

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