Antony Fangary (Poetry) | San Francisco, CA
Antony Fangary was born in the Inland Empire to Egyptian parents. His mother left Egypt on religious asylum as his father left to escape poverty. He left the Inland Empire for Davis, California where he studied Literary and Political Theory as well as Creative Writing. While at Davis, he was the Honorable Mention recipient of the state-wide Ina Coolbrith Poetry Prize. Antony then moved to the Tenderloin district of San Francisco where he is currently pursuing his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. He is also a poetry instructor for the non-profit Litquake Elder Writing Project as well as the curator for Tenderlovin’ in the TL’s Reading Series and the director of its community outreach program, which serves the homeless population in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. He is the author of Haram (Etched Press, 2018) and is currently working on a forthcoming book of poetry entitled, Ya Kharabi and his first novel, Right Intentions.
- Haram (Etched Press, 2018). Poetry.
Blurbs, Press, & Reviews
“Through even psychic journeys home, Fangary quarries the oaths we have grown numb to. Hiding from no one, here is a wanderer who has written poems on the film layer of his eyes. In the war and peace of imperialist myth, poems written on behalf of we who don’t exist. And gentle paper for the prayers of our grandmothers’ tongues.”
—Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of the American Book Award winning Heaven Is All Goodbyes
“Antony Fangary has a unique and harrowing American story to tell. His masterstroke as author was to alternate Coptic prayers with personal revelation: “my father was proud of my skin when I was born / my mother says he showed me to everyone in the hospital / a brown man with a son white as an ostrich egg / the American dream // Lord, look with / Merciful eyes / At my weakness / At my disgrace.” This book is the perfect example of the literature we should be reading, to open our eyes to the world and thereby to know ourselves.”
—Paul Hoover, editor of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology
In his debut collection, Fangary brings unique and examining poems about identity through the lens of family history, religion, and discrimination. At once Coptic Christian and heretic, at once American and Egyptian, Fangary captures scenes in wide-angle and a deep depth-of-field. He is able to write tender lines that lacerate in an original voice. In Haram, you’ll learn about the “two white boys who sold everything from coke to pitbulls / good guys to know when you’re fifteen and alone,” while being reminded to “love the fear [God] gives you / and be thankful for it.”
—Kevin Dublin, author of How to Fall in Love in San Diego