Major Author Reading Series Starts with Poet Fatimah Asghar

Asghar’s work has been featured on PBS, NBC, Teen Vogue and Huffington Post.

Fatimah AsgharThe ninth year of Manhattan College’s Major Author Reading Series (M.A.R.S.) will begin on Monday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. with poet Fatimah Asghar. The event will take place in room 100 in Hayden Hall.

Asghar, a nationally touring poet, performer, educator, and writer, will read from her debut collection of poems, If They Come For Us, and discuss her work with the audience.

Asghar’s work has appeared in POETRY Magazine, BuzzFeed Reader, Academy of American Poets and many others. Her work has been featured on news outlets like PBS, NBC, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and others.

In 2011, Asghar created REFLEKS, a spoken word poetry group in Bosnia and Herzegovina while studying theater in post-genocidal countries, thanks to a Fulbright award. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and a Kundiman Fellow.

M.A.R.S. is designed to engage and expose Manhattan students and the local community to contemporary literature. Since the series launched in 2010, it has brought several notable writers to campus for readings and book signings, including Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Díaz, Jennifer Egan, Claudia Emerson and Adam Johnson.

The series is co-sponsored by the College’s English department and the School of Liberal Arts.

For more information, please contact Dominika Wrozynski, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, at (718) 862-7118 or or Adam Koehler, Ph.D., associate professor of English, at (718) 862-7546 or

By Pete McHugh