Bangladeshi American poet Shams A. Momin is the author of seven full-length books of poetry in Bengali.
His selected poems were published at the Kolkata Book Fair 2022, India and an upcoming book, Critical Essays on the poetry of Shams A. Momin, edited by Dr. Abedin Kader of the City University of New York, is scheduled to be out at Dhaka Book Fair in February 2023. A regular contributor to many renowned literary journals in Bangladesh, India, and the U.S.A., Momin's poems have also appeared in Queens Bound 2021. Momin studied English literature at Central State University in Ohio, where he earned a B.A., and he received his M.A. in Education at Touro College, New York. For more than twenty-five years, he worked as an English teacher and a mentor in New York City public schools. Shams believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire young people.
Congratulations to David Mills!
It's always a pleasure to be able to trumpet the achievements of those who make First Tuesdays a truly special reading series. David Mills' books Boneyarn--from which he read for us--won the 2022 North American Book Award from the Poetry Society of Virginia. The book was also named a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award at Western Connecticut State University. David is currently a fellow at the Schomburg Center in New York City, where he is doing research for an upcoming collection of poetry.
Held on the first Tuesday of every month, September through June, First Tuesdays is a neighborhood reading series with a very hospitable open mic. Anyone who wants to read is welcome. Indeed, almost every month, someone gets up to read their work for the first time. Our featured readers have been among the finest writers in the area. So, if you have work you’d like to share, poetry or prose, or if you'd just like to get some literature into your life, please join us.
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