I'm very happy to continue this year as Kirkland's Writer-in-Residence. I graduated from Harvard College in 2005, after which I attended Cambridge (MPhil), the Iowa Writers Workshop (MFA), and Yale (PhD). I am now a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, where I am writing about poetry and philosophy. I have published several books and chapbooks of poetry, as well as translations from French, German, and Russian. Here in Kirkland I organize poetry readings and events, and bring writers to the House for dinners and conversations. I am also one of the BGLTQ tutors and help out with fellowships in the fall. I also host an occasional writing table, where we read texts of our own or by writers we enjoy — everyone is welcome!
I’m very delighted to live in Kirkland house with my wife, Soha Bayoumi, the Resident Dean, and our daughter, Carmen. By day, I’m the Richmond Visiting Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Williams College, and the founding director of the Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies (BBQ+). I grew up in Cairo, Egypt and received my MD at Cairo University and then received my PhD in history of science at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, France. I’m a historian and a filmmaker, and the founder and chairman of the board ofPinwheel Productions—a film production company dedicated to minority artists. By night (during the baseball season), I’m watching the Red Sox, reading sabermetrics and scouting reports. And on any given Sunday, it’s Patriots time! I’m a diehard Star Wars fan and there is always a new Sci Fi novel open on my kindle. Looking forward to meeting and knowing all of you.