Samiya Bashir

Poet

Samiya Bashir

Poet

Biography

Samiya Bashir is the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Winner in Literature, and is currently in residence at the American Academy in Rome through 2020.

Bashir’s most recent book of poetry, Field Theories, wends its way through quantum mechanics, chicken wings and Newports, love and a shoulder’s chill, melding blackbody theory (idealized perfect absorption, as opposed to the whitebody’s idealized reflection) with real live Black bodies in poems that span lyric, narrative, dramatic, and multi-media experience, engaging their containers while pushing against their constraints.

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