Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali’s books encompass multiple genres, including several volumes of poetry, novels, and translations. He is currently a professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra and a memoir, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water, from which his essay “Naming Home” is excerpted.

Naming Home

From 1975 to 1979, my family lived in Jenpeg, north of Lake Winnipeg, in Manitoba, Canada. Manitoba Hydro had built the town for its employees to live in. . .