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One-Time Intimate Talk w/ Kaveh Akbar

On March 1, 2022, from 5:30-7pm PST, join this One-Time Intimate Talk with Kaveh Akbar.

We are thrilled to have Kaveh Akbar as one of our one-time intimate talks for our 2021 Community Fundraiser. By purchasing a seat to this talk on March 1, 2022, you’ll be receiving an autographed copy of Pilgrim Bell, which was published earlier this year by Graywolf Press, and you’ll be saving yourself a seat for this 90-minute virtual, intimate conversation facilitated by The Seventh Wave. While you can read more about Kaveh below or on his site here, there’s so much to be said about his work.

“Akbar is exquisitely sensitive to how language can function as both presence and absence,” writes The New York Times. “His practice of taking language apart, and harnessing the empty space around it, makes even the most familiar words seem eerie and unexpected.”

In speaking about Kaveh’s book, Pilgrim Bell, Hanif Abdurraqib eloquently summarizes: “Pilgrim Bell is a book that chooses honesty over beauty, which makes it a breathtaking text.” We feel so lucky to have this work a part of our world, as Mary Karr describes it as “destined to become a classic, another blazing torch added to the eternal flames.”

There are only 14 available seats for purchase for this one-time intimate talk.

Click “Reserve your seat today” below, but if you are unable to join due to financial constraints, there is 1 scholarship spot available for this talk. If you’d like to apply for the scholarship seat for this talk, just email us at by Dec. 17, 2021. Scholarships will be awarded via raffle on Dec. 24, 2021, by email.

Reserve your seat today.

The autographed copy of Pilgrim Bell will ship out the week of Jan. 3, 2022, by priority mail. Please read all the information here about our Community Fundraiser, as there are discounts for our TSW Past Contributors, and options to gift these talks or autographed books to friends and/or loved ones.



Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Paris Review, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. His second full-length volume of poetry, Pilgrim Bell, will be published by Graywolf in August 2021. His debut, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is out now with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. He is also the author of the chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, published in 2016 by Sibling Rivalry Press. In 2022, Penguin Classics will publish a new anthology edited by Kaveh: The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse: 100 Poets on the Divine. In 2020 Kaveh was named Poetry Editor of The Nation. The recipient of honors including multiple Pushcart Prizes, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, and the Levis Reading Prize, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson. In 2014, Kaveh founded Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in American poetry. With Sarah Kay and Claire Schwartz, he wrote a weekly column for the Paris Review called “Poetry RX.”