S174. We Will Survive, But We Will Not Forget: Poetry by Muslims as Historical Documentation in Post-9/11 America

Florida Salon 5, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


It's incredibly difficult for many Muslims to feel safe practicing Islam in America. Since 9/11, Muslims have tried to live peacefully despite the violence and bigotry that has attempted to scare them away. This era may pass, but years from now, what medium will hold our stories of survival? Join four contemporary Muslim poets in discussing this crucial role that poetry can play: Documenting the history of a people who refused to give up a religion and its community, despite the risk of erasure.



Adam Hamze is an Arab American poet who has competed, read, and hosted writing workshops across the nation. His work has appeared in The Offing, Vinyl, Radius, and elsewhere. His work was also selected for the Editor's Pick for the Winter Tangerine Awards and a finalist for the Adroit Poetry Prize.

Marwa Helal is a poet whose work appears in Apogee, Hyperallergic, The Offing, Poets & Writers, The Recluse, Winter Tangerine, and elsewhere. She is the author of I AM MADE TO LEAVE I AM MADE TO RETURN and Invasive Species. Helal is the winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest.

Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children. A Cave Canem fellow, she holds an MFA from the New School. Elhillo has received the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.

Angel Nafis is the author of BlackGirl Mansion. With poet Morgan Parker, she is The Other Black Girl Collective, an internationally touring Black Feminist poetry duo. Nafis was a recipient of the 2016 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a 2017 NEA.


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