Beowulf Sheehan

Kaveh Akbar

Poetry, Fiction

Kaveh Akbar is the author of two books of poetry, Pilgrim Bell and Calling a Wolf a Wolf, and the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic. He is also the editor of The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse: 110 Poets on the Divine. Kaveh is the recipient of the Levis Reading Prize, multiple Pushcart Prizes, the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. Kaveh is the founding editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry. Born in Tehran, Iran, he teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson. His poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, PBS NewsHour, Paris Review, Best American Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Kaveh currently serves as poetry editor for The Nation. His first novel, Martyr!, will be published in January 2024.

Festival Years: 2024

Recommended Reading


Pilgrim Bell

Calling a Wolf a Wolf