The Displaced Children of Displaced Children is Faisal Mohyuddin's debut full-length poetry collection. Faisal is the recipient of the Edward Stanley Award from the Prairie Schooner and a Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. His work has appeared in the Missouri Review, Narrative, RHINO, Chicago Quarterly Reciew, Poet Lore, Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. The Displaced Children of Displaced Children was selected by Kimiko Hahn as the winner of the 2017 Sexton Prize for Poetry, and has also been selected by the United Kingdom's Poetry Book Foundation as a Summer 2018 Recommenndation.
The child of immigrants from Pakistan, Faisal received his undergraduate degree from Carleton College, an MS in education from Northwestern University, and an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago. He has taught English at Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois, since 2003, and he continues to serve as educator adviser to Narrative 4, a global not-for-profit dedicated to empathy-building and barrier-breaking through the exchange of stories. He is an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State's Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) Program; as part of this global education fellowship, Faisal traveled to and studied in Senegal in April 2016. He has been recognized for innovative teaching by Microsoft and has twice been a National Endowment for the Humanities summer teaching fellow. As a visual artist, Faisal regularly showcases his work in the Chicago area, including in the recent Ta'weez Project No. 1, an exhibition with fellow artists Zafar Malik and Sadia Uqaili. For more infomation about the author and his work, check out his website.
Joining Faisal to celebrate the new book are fellow poets Leila Chatti, Anita Olivia Koester, and Leonard Zawadski. This event is free and open to the public.