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Copper Canyon Press
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7.0 X 8.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American woman from East Lansing, Michigan. Born to a Catholic mother and Muslim father, Chatti's life has been greatly impacted by religion and poetry. She has published two chapbooks: Ebb is included in Akashic Books' 2018 New Generation of African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set, and Tunsiya/Amrikiya was the 2017 Editor's Selection from Bull City Press. She has received multiple scholarships, grants, and awards, including the 2015 Academy of American Poets University Prize, an Artist in Residence Grant through the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and recognition in Narrative Magazine's 30 Below 30. Chatti's work was shortlisted for the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Chatti currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where she is the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing at Cleveland State University.


"To write a series of poems out of extreme illness is a bracing accomplishment indeed. In Deluge... Leila Chatti, born of a Catholic mother and a Muslim father, brilliantly explores the trauma. In a frightening two-year saga of a tumor and the 'flooding' it caused, Chatti finds not disassociation but deeper association with her own experience." --Naomi Shihab Nye, The New York Times "Chatti turns fear and shame into empowerment in her unflinching debut... [She] translates a gritty, traumatizing experience into a hypnotic, transcendental topography of the human spirit." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Tunisian American poet Leila Chatti's powerful collection of poems centers her faith, health, embodiment, shame and womanhood." --Ms. Magazine