Presented by the Agnes Scott College Department of English’s Writers & Scholars Series, Waqas Khwaja will be reading from his poetry collection “Hold Your Breath," which has been described as capturing “the fleeting nature of love, life and memories” and delivering “the perfect poems for this collapsing [modern] world, contrasting idyllic memory with contemporary clashes of age, gender and culture.” A professor of English at Agnes Scott, Khwaja has published four collections of poetry, "Hold Your Breath," "No One Waits for the Train," "Mariam’s Lament," and "Six Geese from a Tomb at Medum," as well as a literary travelogue, "Writers and Landscapes," about his experiences as a fellow of the International Writers Program, University of Iowa. He has also edited three anthologies of Pakistani literature, "Cactus," "Mornings in the Wilderness," and "Short Stories from Pakistan," and guest edited a special issue on Pakistani poetry for "Atlanta Review." As a scholar, Khwaja has published articles and essays on writers from a variety of linguistic and cultural traditions and on subjects as wide-ranging as literature and economics, history, culture, and politics. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the reading.