Poetiks and Politiks:
Writers of Color Read
Date: Sunday December 6th
Time: 5pm-6:30pm (program will begin at 5 sharp!
Place: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (Between Houston and Bleecker) F train to 2nd Ave, 6 to Bleecker
At once part of an international vanguard pushing the meaning of literary and poetic creation in the context of political action, these writers excavate/engage living in the United States as mediated by the realities in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, and Iran: all focal points of the post-modern empire. These writers touch on the legacies of revolutions, war, media manipulation, and occupation while exploring in their unique voices and styles, universal themes and stories. Come hear some of the most exciting and innovative voices on the contemporary literary art scene.
Sarah Husain, Remi Kenazi, Cihan Kaan, Amir Parsa, Zohra Saed, Tahani Salah, Rodrigo Toscano,
Art-Work by Amitis Motevali
Up-Set Press www.upsetpress.org
Rodrigo Toscano is the author of To Leveling Swerve, Platform, The Disparities, and Partisans. His newest book, Collapsible Poetics Theater was a National Poetry Series 2007 winner. His poetry has appeared Best American Poetry 2004, War and Peace (2004 & 2007), and in the Criminal’s Cabinet: An anthology of poetry and fiction (2004), and in McSweeny’s “Poets Picking Poets”. He was a 2005 recipient of a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. Toscano is also the artistic director and writer for the Collapsible Poetics Theater (CPT). His polyvocalic pieces, poetics plays, and body-movement poems, have been performed at the Disney Redcat Theater in Los Angeles, Ontological-Hysteric Poet’s Theater Festival, Poet’s Theater Jamboree 2007, Links Hall Chicago, and the Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival. His radio pieces have appeared on WPIX FM (New York), KAOS Public Radio Olympia, WFMU, WNYU, and PS.1 Radio. His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, and Catalonian. Toscano is originally from Southern California. He works in Manhattan at the Labor Institute, and lives in Brooklyn.
Zohra Saed was born in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, raised in Jordan and later in Saudi Arabia before moving to Brooklyn. She is a poet, academic, and editor.Her poetry and essays have been published in numerous anthologies and journals. She has performed as part of the cast of the legendary theater director Ping Chong’s Undesirable Elements in 2000 and in 2007, where the ensemble caste performed at the first National Asian American Theater Festival. Zohra has edited an upcoming anthology of Afghan American Writings along with Sahar Muradi forthcoming 2010 from University of Arkansas Press.
An internationally acclaimed writer and poet, Amir Parsa is the author of ten books, including Kobolierrot, Divan, Drive-by Cannibalism in the Baroque Tradition, Erre and the multilingual L’opéra minora. An uncategorizable body of work, Mr. Parsa’s literary oeuvre – written in English, French and Persian – has been read and debated in galleries and museums, in streets and on rooftops, in broad daylight and in hiding, and at various festivals, events and curated venues around the world. He currently lives in NY, where he directs creative education projects at MoMA and teaches at Pratt Institute.
Sarah Husain was born in New York City and grew up in Hong Kong, Sudan and Pakistan. She is the editor of Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War Faith and Sexuality. Her written and performance poetry is concerned with memory, nation, violence, bioterrorism and the female body. As an activist and artist she has worked with communities of color on issues of immigrant rights, access to public higher education and grassroots anti violence projects in the Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities. Over the recent years her writing has made active interventions on current discourses of gender, sexuality, and violence as it relates to “Muslim” women in the US. Her work has been supported by Hedgebrook writer’s residency, Joyce Foundation, Poets & Writers, the Chicago Guild and South Asian Women’s Creative.
Tahani Salah is a performer, poet, and activist based in Brooklyn. She was recently featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jams and was a 2007 Nuyorican Poets Cafe slam team member. She also serves as the Youth Outreach Coordinator for Urban NYC and sits on the Urban Word Youth Board. She is currently a student at Columbia University working on her first collection of poetry.
Remi Kanazi is a writer, poet, and activist based in New York City. He is the co-founder of http://www.PoeticInjustice.net and the editor of the anthology of poetry, Poets for Palestine. He has been regularly featured on the Al Jazeera English program, the Listening Post and in the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival.
Cihan Kaan is a Texas-born, Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker, his recent collection of short stories, Halal Pork, published by Up-Set Press 2010. A multi-talented artist, his first work of video art premiered as part of an ensemble show at MoMA at the tender age of 17. By 21, Cihan (pronounced — Je’han) Kaan had directed several music videos in rotation on MTV. His short film She’s Got an Atomic Bomb (2004) won Best Short Film for the Evil City Festival and toured underground film festivals such as the Coney Island Film Festival, the B-Movie Film Festival (winner of the Audience Award), and the Lost Film Festival. His second short film, Shuffle Mode (2006) won Best Short Film at the Sin Cine NYC Erotic Film Festival. He is currently finishing his book of short stories, which can only be described as a collection of urban Sufi myths from the streets of America. His day job is in Interactive Digital Media. He is the first American fiction author of Crimean Tatar descent.