Asiya Wadud's debut poetry collection, Crosslight for Youngbird, explores the slipperiness of borders, as well as borders’ tentacles: mother tongue, language and mastery, citizenship and nationality, migration and flight. These poems are concerned with the demands we make on our body, the limits of those demands, and ultimately, how everyone inhabits space.
Asiya Wadud's debut collection, Crosslight for Youngbird, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in October 2018. Her work has been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Dickinson House (Belgium), Mount Tremper Arts, and the New York Public Library, among others. Recent work can be found in Chicago Review, Best American Experimental Writing 2018, and Tupelo Quarterly. She teaches poetry at Saint Ann’s School and leads an English conversation class for new immigrants Wednesday evenings at the Brooklyn Public Library.
Celina Su was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and lives in Brooklyn. Her first book of poetry, Landia, was published by Belladonna* in 2018. Her writing includes two poetry chapbooks, three books on the politics of social policy and civil society, and pieces in journals such as n+1, Harper’s, and Boston Review. Su is the Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and a Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York.