• Un-American

    by Hafizah Geter
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September 25, 2020

Hafizah Geter

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes acclaimed poet HAFIZAH GETER for a discussion of her debut poetry collection, Un-American. She will be joined in conversation by SALLY WEN MAO, author of the acclaimed poetry collections Mad Honey Symposium and Oculus.


Dancing between lyric and narrative, Hafizah Geter's debut collection moves readers through the fraught internal and external landscapes—linguistic, cultural, racial, familial—of those whose lives are shaped and transformed by immigration. The daughter of a Nigerian Muslim woman and a former Southern Baptist black man, Geter charts the history of a black family of mixed citizenships through poems imbued by migration, racism, queerness, loss, and the heartbreak of trying to feel at home in a country that does not recognize you. Through her mother's death and her father's illnesses, Geter weaves the natural world into the discourse of grief, human interactions, and socio-political discord. This collection thrums with authenticity and heart.

About Author(s)

Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Hafizah Geter is the author of Un-American (Wesleyan University Press, 2020) and an editor whose poetry and prose have appeared in The New YorkerBoston ReviewLos Angeles Review of Books, and Longreads, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Sally Wen Mao is the author of the poetry collections Mad Honey Symposium and Oculus. Her work has won a Pushcart Prize and fellowships at Kundiman, George Washington University, and the New York Public Library Cullman Center.