Creative Writing

Visiting Writers Kazim Ali and Wiley Cash to Read at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, February 17

FEBRUARY 16, 2022

WILMINGTON, N.C.—Kazim Ali and Wiley Cash, visiting writers in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will read at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, in Morton Hall 100.

Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including the volumes of poetry Inquisition; Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award; The Fortieth DayAll One’s Blue; and the cross-genre texts Bright Felon and Wind Instrument. His novels include the recently published The Secret Room: A String Quartet, and among his books of essays are the hybrid memoir Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. He is currently a Professor of Literature at UC San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra and a memoir of his Canadian childhood, Northern Light.

Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of When Ghosts Come, The Last Ballad, This Dark Road to Mercy, and A Land More Kind Than Home. He teaches fiction writing and literature at UNC Asheville, where he serves as Alumni Author-in-Residence. Cash’s novels have been recognized as best books of the year by the American Library Association and the New York Times. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from UL Lafayette, an M.A. in English from UNC Greensboro, and a B.A. in Literature from UNC Asheville. 

This event is free and open to the public.

For further information on UNCW’s programs and events in creative writing, please contact the Department of Creative Writing at 910.962.7063, or