Hafizah Geter MFA ’10

Poet. Editor. Feminist.

Hafizah Geter found her voice through contemporary poetry. Now, her life centers around it.

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Today, she’s fully immersed in a New York City poetry career. She’s a poetry editor at Phantom Books, and co-curates its Brooklyn-based monthly reading series EMPIRE. As a board member for VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, a nonprofit feminist literary organization, Geter works as a coordinator for the VIDA Count, an influential yearly report on diversity in the publishing industry. She also works as the content editor and publicity coordinator at Poets House, a 70,000-volume poetry library in New York City.

“Poetry is maybe one of the smallest communities of communities that exist,” says Geter. “But once you’re in it, it changes you, it gives you a language in which to interpret the whole world.”

Geter’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Tin House, Narrative Magazine, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and West Branch, among others. She is also working on a full length poetry collection and a nonfiction collection that explores the intersection of gender, nationality, race, and belonging.