Video Interview: Teaching Artist Kareem Tayyar

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Kareem Tayyar’s novel The Prince of Orange County (Pelekinesis) received the 2020 Eric Hoffer Award for Young Adult Fiction, and he is a recipient of a 2019 Wurlitzer Poetry Fellowship. Previous books of his include the poetry collections Immigrant Songs (2019) and Magic Carpet Poems (Tebot Bach), and his fiction and poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Alaska Quarterly ReviewBrilliant CornersPrairie Schooner, and the Writer’s Almanac. He holds a PhD in English from UC Riverside, and he is a professor of English at Golden West College, where he teaches, among other courses, Children’s Literature and Creative Writing. In 2013, he was named Teacher of the Year at Golden West College and for the Coast Community College District.

This video references a class Kareem taught in summer 2021. To see his current classes, visit his artist bio page.