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Tahir Hamut Izgil
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Tahir Hamut Izgil is one of the foremost poets writing in the Uyghur language. He grew up in Kashgar, an ancient city in the southwest of the Uyghur homeland. After attending college in Beijing, he returned to the Uyghur region and emerged as a prominent film director. Izgil’s poetry, as translated by Joshua L. Freeman, has appeared in The New York Review of Books, Asymptote, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts and Berkeley Poetry Review, and has also been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Turkish. In 2017, as the Chinese government began the mass internment of the Uyghur people, Izgil fled with his family to the United States. His new book, “Waiting to Be Arrested at Night: A Uyghur Poet's Memoir of China's Genocide,” will be featured at the 2023 National Book Festival.

Selected Works at the Library of Congress

Appearances at the 2023 National Book Festival

Videos from the 2023 National Book Festival