Adeeba Shahid Talukder (What Is Not Beautiful) is a Pakistani-American poet and translator. She translates Urdu and Persian poetry, and cannot help but bring elements from these worlds to her own work in English. A Best of the Net finalist and a Pushcart nominee, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glass, Drunken Boat, Solstice, Washington Square Review, and PBS Frontline among other publications. Adeeba holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and is currently a 2017 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House.

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"I would say that for me in particular, poetry is also a search for beauty, a search for moment … This, to me, is part of the very fabric of being Pakistani. Music and poetry comprise our myriad languages and permeate the very air we breathe."