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ONLINE: A talk with Philadelphia poet Sham-e-Ali Nayeem (APAHM Event)

  • Date: 05/08/2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  
  • Location: ONLINE

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month the Santa Clara City Library is thrilled to have acclaimed Philadelphia poet Sham-e-Ali Nayeem in discussion with librarian Danny Le, as a part of this webinar series for the month of May.

Nayeem's poetry has appeared in Apiary, Dusie and Mizna, and can be found in anthologies, including Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (Olive Branch Press, 2005), Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak (Beacon Press, 2005) and Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence (Seal Press, 2008). Sham-e-Ali is the recipient of the Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship.

“In her debut book City of Pearls, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem’s poetry offers a meditation on healing from grief. The poems ask the reader, what happens when we lose our anchor? Weaving together memories of her late father and ancestral home of Hyderabad, Nayeem’s poems explore landscapes of loss. She writes from the perspective of an Indian Muslim American who draws from the languages of her life to compose a poetics of vulnerability and tenderness. Known as the “City of Pearls,” Hyderabad’s jewels become a metaphor for resilience and growth. Each poem gains their opulence from the transmutation of the grit of migration, displacement and loss.”

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