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About the Author
Sarah Ghazal Ali is the author of Theophanies (Alice James Books, 2024), selected as Editors' Choice for the 2022 Alice James Award. A Djanikian Scholar, her poems and essays appear in POETRY, American Poetry Review, Pleiades, the Rumpus, Haydens Ferry Review, Best New Poets 2022, and elsewhere. She is the editor-in-chief of Palette Poetry, poetry editor for West Branch, and a '22-23 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University. Learn more at

"In Theophanies, the poised debut collection from Muslim poet Sarah Ghazal Ali, spiritual enlightenment is a female, embodied experience, mediated by matriarchs. ... Wordplay, floral metaphors, and multiple ghazals make for dazzling language. Ali's poetry, both elegant and visceral, gives women's bodily and spiritual experiences primacy."
--Rebecca Foster, Shelf Awareness Starred Review

"In Sarah Ghazal Ali's Theophanies she brings the best of both worlds, through this poetic exegesis of Islamic faith in a way that stunned me -- page by page, poem by poem. Have you ever read a poetry collection that made you shout aloud how good it was while reading it? That's the impact that this work impressed upon me as a reader."
--Ronnie K. Stephens, The Poetry Question

"a stirring examination of faith, womanhood, and cultural inheritance through lyric poems that reimagine female figures and stories from the Islamic tradition. ... Devoted to unsilencing voices through fresh language, Ali compels us toward more generous, inclusive ways of seeing, being in, and believing in the world."
--Adedayo Agarau, Los Angeles Review of Books

"In this expansive debut collection, Ali draws from the Quran and the Bible as vehicles for a deeper consideration of the intersections of family, gender, and faith. ... These powerful, resonant poems herald an exciting new voice."
--Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Ali's is one of the most sure-footed debuts I've had the pleasure to encounter in many years. Wrought with precision, control, and an astute humility before the wondrous, the profound and profane, these poems feel crafted from the sum total of history, then realized at the crest of the poet's matrix of experiences. A truly fearless and tender gem of a collection."
--Ocean Vuong, author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds

"Sarah Ghazal Ali's debut collection, Theophanies, pulses with life--angels, cranes, and a woman's own fierce potential, the miraculous and terrifying possibilities she holds within her heart, womb, and mind. Through sinuous lyric and religious persona, Ali delves unblinkingly into the depths of faith, family, and womanhood. These poems are bold, insistent reckonings that reach across time and geography, a chorus of female voices demanding to be heard."
--Leila Chatti

"That god's words would be splintered into many forms and tongues is inevitable and appropriate. This book utilizes many forms, ancient and new, to contend with the long legacy of a multitude of spiritual traditions: the expulsion from the divine, living in gendered bodies, the fate of humans to live as mortal. There's music aplenty here to accompany difficult truths, and that is really all one can ask of god or garden or ghazal."
--Kazim Ali