Mohja Kahf is associate professor of comparative literature at the University of Arkansas. Her poems have appeared in the Paterson Review, Atlanta Review, and other journals, and in various poetry anthologies. She is the 2002 recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council Award for achievement in poetry.
"Perhaps Kahf's most impressive accomplishment is her ability to bring together beauty and pain in the same breath, to write poems that encompass history and human endurance as well as joy, that testify to the fragility and power of the human heart.... This is Kahf's ultimate message: that religion and ethnicity and color and nationality are as nothing in the face of simple humanity; that spirituality and life are beyond all of these, that no creed or ideology may be taken as justification for harm." - Lisa Suhair Majaj