Adeeba Shahid Talukder Interviews with NBC Asian America!

Our 2017 Kundiman Poetry Prize Winner, Adeeba Shahid Talukder, interviewed with Lakshmi Gandhi of NBC News Asian America! This beautiful interview gives readers an insight into how her collection “Shahr-e- jaanaan: The City of The Beloved,” came to be.

Gandhi writes, "'I was in my early twenties when I began writing the collection, and I was searching for love,' Talukder said. 'But I didn’t want to write about the poems as myself, so I kind of hide behind these legendary Persian characters like Laila and Majnu and Shireen and Farhad who found their way into South Asian poetry. A lot of [my poems] were me making sense of what I felt through the lenses of these stories.'"

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