MARY HICKMAN & AMEENA HUSSEIN
Authors Mary Hickman and Ameena Hussein will read from their work in this special reading sponsored by the University of Iowa’s Between the Lines Program.
Mary Hickman is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of two books of poetry, This Is the Homeland and Rayfish, and two chapbooks, Ecce Animot and How to Be Healthy and Heal. Her work has been featured as a Boston Review Poet's Sampler and in the PEN America Poetry Series. Her poems and essays have appeared in Colorado Review, Fourteen Hills, jubilat, and Sonora Review. She recently lectured and read in Turkey and Armenia as a delegate with the State Department's American Writers on Tour program. A recipient of the Elizabeth Dietz Best Essay Prize, an Iowa Arts Fellowship, and two Iowa Arts Council Awards, she is currently finishing a dissertation on 20th century US poetry and the artist's book.
Ameena Hussein is a sociologist, editor, publisher, and novelist from Sri Lanka. She has published two award-winning short story collections, Fifteen, and Zillij. She was an editor of Sometimes There is No Blood, a survey of research on violence against rural women by the International Centre of Ethnic Studies in Colombo and the editor of Nethra, a creative literary journal. In 2003 she co-founded the Perera Hussein Publishing House. Her novel The Moon in the Water was long-listed for the 2007 Man Asia Literary Prize, and appeared in print in early 2009. She lives in Sri Lanka.