Book Launch: HOMES by Moheb Soliman
Date(s) - 06/13/2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
Coffee House Press
About this event
Featuring readings from Ed Bok Lee (Mitochondrial Night) and Heid E. Erdrich (Little Big Bully) and a limited edition broadside, translated from the English to the Arabic by Mo Mesrati, printed by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
** This is a live, in-person event, hosted outdoors to allow for social distancing. The MWMO will have some folding chairs available, but we encourage you to bring blankets or other seating of your choice for MWMO’s beach, grass, and pavement riverside park! MWMO does not have a public lot, but ample street parking is available. If the forecast looks rainy, we will update this page with a plan for inclement weather. **
Praise for HOMES: “A fascinating study in the differences between place and destiny…Soliman’s wild, expansive leaping—geographic and psychic—is worth the price of admission alone.” —Kaveh Akbar
“In a time of environmental catastrophe and colonial destruction, Soliman’s sly and shifting poems suggest that moving between various homes makes more sense than trying to construct a static place of complete belongingness.” —Elizabeth Hoover, Star Tribune
About HOMES: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior: HOMES. In this vibrant debut collection, Soliman traces the coasts of the Great Lakes with postmodern poetry, exploring the natural world, the experience of belonging, and the formation of identity along borders.
This ranging poetic travelogue offers an intimate perspective on an immigrant experience as Soliman drives his Corolla past exquisite vistas and abandoned mines, through tourist towns and midwestern suburbs, seeking to inhabit an entire region as home. Against the backdrop of environmental destruction and a history of colonial oppression, the vitality of Soliman’s language brings a bold ecopoetic lens to the relationship between transience and belonging in the world’s largest, most porous borderland.
Moheb Soliman is an interdisciplinary poet from Egypt and the Midwest and author of poetry collection Homes (Coffee House Press). He has presented writing, performance, installation, and video work at diverse literary, art, and public spaces in the US and Canada with support from the Banff Centre, Pillsbury House, the Joyce Foundation, and Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Moheb has degrees from The New School and the University of Toronto and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was the program director for the Arab American literary journal and arts organization Mizna.
Heid E. Erdrich is the author of seven collections of poetry. Her writing has won fellowships and awards from the National Poetry Series, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation, Loft Literary Center, First People’s Fund, and other honors. She has twice won a Minnesota Book Award for poetry. Heid edited the 2018 anthology New Poets of Native Nations from Graywolf Press. Her most recent poetry collection is Little Big Bully (Penguin). Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain.
Ed Bok Lee is the author of Mitochondrial Night and Whorled (Coffee House Press), a recipient of a 2012 American Book Award and the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. Lee is the son of North and South Korean emigrants—his mother originally a refugee from what is now North Korea; his father was raised during the Japanese colonial period and Korean War in what is now South Korea. Lee grew up in South Korea, North Dakota, and Minnesota, and was educated there and on both U.S. coasts, Russia, South Korea, and Kazakhstan. He teaches at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Other honors include the Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice Award) and a PEN Open Book Award.