Book Release at VAM Studio: "If They Come For Us" by Fatimah Asghar
Join us at VAM Studio (1621 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647) for a Book Release Party with Fatimah Asghar, author of If They Come For Us, at 7:00 pm on Saturday, August 11th, 2018.
Poet and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls captures her experience as a Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America, while exploring identity, violence, and healing.
Orphaned as a child, Fatimah Asghar grapples with coming of age and navigating questions of sexuality and race without the guidance of a mother or father. These poems at once bear anguish, joy, vulnerability, and compassion, while also exploring the many facets of violence: how it persists within us, how it is inherited across generations, and how it manifests itself in our relationships. In experimental forms and language both lyrical and raw, Asghar seamlessly braids together marginalized people's histories with her own understanding of identity, place, and belonging.
"A debut poetry collection showcasing both a fierce and tender new voice."
Celebrate the release of Fatimah Asghar's groundbreaking collection of poetry, If They Come for Us, with performances, music, dancing, drinks, and healing. Hosted by Danez Smith, featuring Jamila Woods, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Safia Elhillo, Kaveh Akbar, Franny Choi & Cam Awkward-Rich, with DJ Chante, Drea the Vibe Dealer and Joseph Chilliams, along with acupuncture & tarot. BYOB. Free. All ages. Books for sale on site. Click here to RSVP and for more info!
Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, performer, educator, and writer. She is the writer of Brown Girls, an Emmy-nominated web series that highlights friendships between women of color. She is a member of Dark Noise and a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow.