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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ifti Nasim  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poet

Born: 1946, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Died: July 22, 2011, Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Nasim lived and worked in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ifti Nasim was a poet, writer and activist. He wrote two collections of Urdu poems and received an honorary Doctorate of Literature from the World Peace Academy of Delaware. He co-founded Sangat/Chicago, a Southasian LBGT organization and support group. A popular speaker on sexual diversity at different universities across the globe, Nasim also received the R.N. Tagore Award. He was a past president of Southasian Performing Arts Council of America and was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Titles At Your Library


The author. 1994

Hardcover, 152 pages. Text is mostly in Urdu there are a few titles translated into English. A collection of poems by an outspoken gay writer.

ISBN: 0738852295

Xlibris Corp. 2000

The transition of a homosexual immigrant from a Pakistani poet into an All-American gay writer, activist and how his poems depict his agony of the love that dare not to speak its name. Finally, when his soul is free from all internal and external pressure of tradition and religious hypocrisy how he express himself in the poetry about his gay longings and desires. Provocative, funny, and inspiring. It will make you cry and laugh at the same time.