Adeeba Shahid Talukder

Adeeba Shahid Talukder is a Pakistani American poet, singer, and translator of Urdu and Persian poetry. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan.

In 2018, her chapbook, What Is Not Beautiful, was published by Glass Poetry Press. In it, Talukder explores bipolar disorder and body dysmorphia through a narrative of marriage and its attendant rituals. Shahr-e-jaanaan: The City of the Beloved, her debut full-length, was published by Tupelo Press in 2020. A winner of the Kundiman Prize, the collection traverses Urdu and Persian legends and stories, using the conventions of the world of the ghazal to illuminate aspects of the speaker’s own lived experience.

A Best of the Net finalist and a Pushcart nominee, Talukder was chosen as a 2017 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in Poem-A-Day, Glass, Gulf Coast, Meridian, Washington Review, The Margins, and the Best American Poetry blog, and her translations have been published in PBS Frontline and Words Without Borders.


More Adeeba Shahid Talukder

Text: Two poems by Talukder at Asian American Writers' Workshop

Audio: Talukder is interviewed by Yale Radio

Text: Talukder's poem "A Love Note" at Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day