Safia Elhillo + Fatimah Asghar: Halal If You Hear Me
Monday May 13: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Buy a copy of Halal If You Hear Me or a $15 gift card in-store to attend. The event will take place in the Rare Book Room, on the 3rd floor of the Strand, accessible next door at 826 Broadway.
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
The collected poems dispel the notion that there is one correct way to be a Muslim by holding space for multiple, intersecting identities while celebrating and protecting those identities.
Halal If You Hear Me features poems by many wonderful authors; join us as Safia Elhillo and Fatimah Asghar share and sign this collection.
Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children, recipient of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, she is a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and listed in Forbes Africa’s 2018 “30 Under 30.” Her fellowships and residencies include Cave Canem, The Conversation, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Her work appears in POETRY Magazine, Callaloo, and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day series, among others, and in anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism.
Poet, screenwriter, educator, and performer Fatimah Asghar is a Pakistani, Kashmiri, Muslim American writer. She is the author of the poetry collection If They Should Come for Us and the chapbook After. She is also the writer and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated Brown Girls, a web series that highlights friendships between women of color. Her work has been featured on news outlets such as PBS, NPR, Time, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and others.