A novelist and a translator and assistant professor at Oberlin College, Kazim Ali will focus a discussion at the DC Center on his poetry, reading selections from his books The Far Mosque and The Fortieth Day. He'll also share reflections on his recent trip to Palestine and Israel. The discussion is sponsored by the Asian American Literary Review, the DC Center for the LGBT Community, Interfaith Peace-Builders and Split This Rock. Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. The DC Center for the LGBT Community, 1318 U St. NW. Call 202-682-2245 or visit thedccenter.org.