Monday, April 8, 2019 @6:40pm
Belladonna* with Queens College: A Reading by Poets Diana Khoi Nguyen and Sahar Muradi / Queens College / 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing / James Muyskens Conference Room at the Summit
Honored to read for the avant-garde feminist press alongside the stunning Diana Khoi Nguyen. We'll be reading from our chaplets, small chapbooks of works in progress. The reading will be followed by a reception, and a Q&A facilitated by Amanda Long and Zachary Zeringue.
Thursday, March 21, 2019 @7pm
Ask Hafiz / Out of the Woods Festival / Joe's Pub / 425 Lafayette St., Manhattan
Women’s Raga Massive presents the 3rd annual March festival: Out of the Woods, featuring female-led projects in celebration of Women’s History Month. "The show tells the immigration story of Sahar Muradi’s tumultuous journey from a Soviet-ruled Afghanistan to Queens. Along the way, Sahar, following an age-old practice, asks questions to the book of poetry by Hafiz. The answers are revealed through songs composed and sung by Haleh Liza, dance choreographed and performed by Malini Srinivasan, music by Adam Maalouf, Trina Basu, and Rich Stein."
Saturday, March 2, 2019 @2pm
Ask Hafiz / Queens Central Public Library / 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, Queens
Marking the closing of City Lore's exhibit "What We Bring," Ask Hafiz is a performance integrating story-telling, poetry, dance and music. "The show tells the immigration story of Sahar Muradi’s tumultuous journey from a Soviet-ruled Afghanistan to Queens. Along the way, Sahar, following an age-old practice, asks questions to the book of poetry by Hafiz. The answers are revealed through songs composed and sung by Haleh Liza, dance choreographed and performed by Malini Srinivasan, music by Adam Maalouf, Trina Basu, and Rich Stein."
Friday, February 22, 2019 @8pm
Friday Night Reading Series hosted by Kyle Dacuyan / The Poetry Project / 131 E. 10th St., Manhattan
Reading alongside the phenom Valerie Hsiung.
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 @2pm
45th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading / The Poetry Project / 131 E. 10th St., Manhattan
I am one of 150 performers(!) at the legendary annual marathon poetry reading.
Sunday, September 9, 2018 @2pm
A Ritual in X Movements: A Discussion on the Malleability of Food, Memory, and Ritual / MX Gallery / 167 Canal St., 5th Floor / Chinatown
Join Montez Press, artist Allie Wist, and poet Sahar Muradi for a discussion on the role of food in personal and cultural memories, nostalgia, and embodied and invented rituals. We ask: how can food codify memories? What is the role of nostalgia, both real and invented, in our food traditions? And how does memory both aid and thwart our concept of self? We'll be joined by a panel of scholars, activists, and artists, including: Jabber al-Bihani, one of the partners of Komeeda, a platform that creates unique dining experiences that amplify the voices and cuisine of immigrant chefs; Son Kit, an artist and co-founder of Codify Art, a multi-disciplinary collective of, and platform for, QTPOC artists; and Krishnendu Ray, food studies scholar, chair of the NYU Food Studies program, and author, most recently, of The Ethnic Restaurateur (2016).
Sunday, September 9, 2018 @2pm
A Ritual in X Movements: A Conversation & Demo / 6&B Garden / E. 6th St & Ave B, Manhattan
Artist Allie Wist and poet Sahar Muradi launch their new, collaborative book project A Ritual in X Movements (Montez Press), which looks at the intersections of food, memory, and rituals. Join us for an afternoon story circle, where we'll share how we honor or adapt family/cultural rituals around food, followed by a ritual preparation of Afghan qaimagh chai and Christmas oranges. Participants are encouraged to share their stories.
Sunday, August 5, 2018 @6pm
Why There Are Words / Bowery Poetry Club / 308 Bowery, Manhattan
An award-winning reading series begun in San Fran and now in five more cities across the country, including NYC. Six writers, myriad genres, delicious times. I'll be alongside: Arden Levine, Cynthia Manick, David McLoghlin, Sue Mell, and Eric Sasson.
Saturday, August 4, 2018 @3pm
Line Break Reading Series / Q.E.D., Astoria
Line Break is an eclectic live literary magazine, showcasing a monthly mix of fiction, poetry, essays, and performance. I'll be reading alongside Theresa DeLucci, Jackie Sherbow, and Justin Weinberger. Hosted by William Shunn at Q.E.D., "a rehearsal, podcast studio and co-working space by day, and a fun after-work hang out for shows and events by night."
Sunday, May 27, 2018, 3:00pm
What We Bring: Stories of Migration / Teatro Sea / Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, 107 Suffolk Street, Manhattan
A collaborative, multimedia ensemble performance piece that presents the journeys of five immigrant artists--Yahaya Kamate (Ivory Coast), Héctor Morales (Peru), Sahar Muradi (Afghanistan), Malini Srinivasan (India), and Lu Yu (China)--who immigrated or whose families immigrated to the U.S., following the 1965 immigration reform law. Each artist’s story of migration is interweaved with the art tradition they brought with them, symbolized by a precious object. What We Bring: Stories of Migration aims to add to the public discourse on immigration by de-centering the focus on the economic contributions of new immigrants to honoring their remarkable cultural contributions and influences. Directed by George Zavala. Party of City Lore's exhibit, What We Bring.
Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:30pm
WEIRDD Reading Series / Books Are Magic, 255 Smith St., Brooklyn
WEIRDD (second “D” is silent) is a monthly, poetry-focused reading series at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn. Every month, two to three poets gather to present new works, often with audiovisual counterpoint; each evening is also enlivened by a lecturer on community activism, the esoteric, and cross-discipline artistic praxis, among other topics. I'm reading alongside Valerie Hsiung and Chase Berggrun, and we're joined by Jordan Chase Vaughn for a lecture on black politics.
Friday, April 20, 2018, 3:30-5:00pm
Split this Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2018, Washington, D.C.
"Sheyr Jangi: Lineages of Survival" - The Afghan tradition of the poetic duel is called “sheyr jangi,” or “poetry fighting,” and has its roots in the early medieval Central Asian courts. We pay homage to this tradition--but with a twist. We have curated a “deck” of poems by classical poets writing in Arabic, Persian, Turkish/Turkic, and Urdu. With our audience’s help, we invite our featured poets to battle with these literary ancestors. Presenters: Majda Gama, Rami Karim, Aurora Masum-Javed, Sahar Muradi, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Zohra Saed, Purvi Shah
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 7:00pm
Book Launch: Jenny Xie's Eye Level / PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn
I have the absolute honor of readinga a couple of poems before the STELLAR Jenny Xie launches her first poetry collection Eye Level, selected by Juan Felipe Herrera as the winner of the 2017 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @7pm
Writes of Spring with Sahar Muradi, Haleh Liza, and Madhu Kaza / Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
Writes of Spring: A Now Roz Reading featuring Sahar Muradi, Haleh Liza and Madhu Kaza. Hosted by Zohra Saed, UpSet Press. In the tradition of Now Roz, marking the spring equinox and celebrated as a new year by millions of people around the world, we will welcome the new season and day with bright verse.
Saturday, January 20, 2018 @5:30pm
Writers Rising #LouderTogether / New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
One year after the inaugural Writers Resist event, PEN America joins dozens of artists, arts organizations, and advocacy groups staging public events on Art Action Day. The sundown reading on the steps of the New York Public Library will feature writers sharing literary texts that radically reimagine community and mutual aid in the face of xenophobia, hatred, and threats to our sense of truth. I will be reading Fatimah Asghar's beautiful poem "If They Should Come For Us" with the glorious Tina Chang! We'll be joined by a rad list of folks: Andre Aciman, Jennifer Marie Bartlett, Justin Vivian Bond, Anne Carson, Álvaro Enrigue, Suzanne Gardinier, George Emílio Sanchez, Sapphire, Anne Waldman, The Illuminator, NYC Light Brigade, and imani uzuri.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 @7pm
First Tuesdays: A Neighborhood Reading Series Presents Sahar Muradi / Espresso 77, Jackson Heights
Returning to my once-home of Queens to be part of this regular and fantastic open mic & reading series hosted by Richard Jeffrey Newman.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @7pm
Twisting Tongues: Bilingual Poetry with AAWW & Wendy's Subway / BAM
Writing in Dari, Spanish, Nahuatl, Telugu, Chinese, and English, the poets of Twisting Tongues see translation as a way to interrogate the relationship between English and histories of migration and diaspora. Come see poets Jen Hyde, Steven Alvarez, Madhu Kaza, and Sahar Muradi read their innovative multilingual poetry that embraces errant, in-between, generative translation at our special event in partnership with BAM and Wendy’s Subway.
Saturday, November 11, 2017 @6pm
[ G A T E S ]: A Chapbook Launch Party & Reading / City Lore
Come celebrate the arrival of my first chapbook (thank you, Black Lawrence Press!) in the company of the angels who helped me get here. There will poetSSS, music, projections, and delic Afghan chow.
Friday, October 13, 2017 @8pm
EMPIRE: Berggrun, Dacuyan, Muradi, Procope / Art Cafe + Bar, 886 Pacific St, Brooklyn
Reading alongside the wonderful Chase Berggrun, Kyle Dacuyan, and Lynne Procope. Curated by the equally wonderful Ricardo Maldonado and Hafizah Geter.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @7pm
Then A Cunning Voice & A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars: Quilt Installation & Opening Reception / Abron Arts Center, 466 Grand St
An installation of 84 hand-sewn, community-made quilts designed by Makwa Studio textile artist Maggie Thompson that served as a platform for Emily Johnson/Catalyst’ performance of Then a Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars. We'll take the quilts outside, light a fire, and gather around the stories and poems of Sahar Muradi, Hadrien Coumans, Georgia Lucas, Clarinda Mac Low, and Tim Carrier.
Saturday, September 16, 2017 @8pm
Amherst Poetry Festival / Evening Feature: Kaveh Akbar with Sahar Muradi / at Emily Dickinson Museum
Delighted to be part of this festival in my old haunt, reading with the phenomenal Kaveh Akbar, and in celebration of my shero Emily.
Friday, September 15, 2017 @5pm
Amherst Poetry Festival / Artist-Poets' Performance & Panel Discussion / at Hampshire College Art Gallery
Come hear my dear collaborator Laimah Osman and wonderful fellow artists & Hamp alums Miatta Kawinzi and lê thi diem thúy on our participation in the exhibit Of Soil and Tongues.
Friday, September 15, 2017 @9:30am
Praise Poetry Writing Workshop / Amherst Regional High School
I'll be working with three English classes, exploring the praise poem with Sekou Sundiata as our guide and inspiration.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 @7pm
A Garden Variety: Poetry & Prose / 6th St & Avenue B Community Garden
Fellow garden member and poet Mindy Levokove and I are hosting an evening of verse among the bleeding hearts and tomatoes. Featuring the lovely Ilse Gilbert, Maria Gregorio, and James Loop. + Open Mic.