Twenty-six-year-old Palestinian-American poet and political activist
Suheir Hammad has published a book of poems, Born Palestinian, Born
Black, and a memoir, Drops Of This Story, and is prominently
featured in Listen Up! An Anthology Of Spoken Word Poetry. Recipient
of the Audre Lourde Writing Award from Hunter College, the Morris Center
for Healing Poetry Award, and a New York Mills Artist Residency in Minnesota,
Hammad is a frequent reader at New York reading venues, including numerous
radio appearances, and has performed with The All That Band and Rhythms
of Aqua. She has produced a documentary film, Half A Lifetime,
and is writing a film entitled From Beirut To Brooklyn, based
on her memoir. Naomi Shihab Nye has called Hammad's work "a brave flag
over the dispossessed."
In addition to her work as a creative artist, Hammad has written and spoken out
about issues such as the defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal, domestic violence, sexual
abuse, racism, and homophobia. Currently a college student, Hammad also edits
the literary journal Butter Phoenix and writes a literary column for "Stress" magazine.