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Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

All Ages // 6:00pm Doors // 7:00pm Show

Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

All Ages // 6:00pm Doors // 7:00pm Show

The Commons, The Raven Bookstore, and the KU Office of First-Year Experience present:

Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo
Reading & Book Signing

7:00pm Tuesday, February 5 | Liberty Hall 
Supported by The Commons and the Raven Bookstore

Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, screenwriter, educator and performer. Her work has appeared in many journals, including POETRY Magazine, Gulf Coast, BuzzFeed Reader, The New York Times, The Margins, The Offing, Academy of American Poets and many others. Her work has been featured on news outlets like PBS, NPR, Time, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and others.

In 2011 she created Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first Spoken Word Poetry group, REFLEKS, while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-genocidal countries. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and a Kundiman Fellow. Her debut collection of poems If They Should Come Us is forthcoming on One World/ Random House. She is the co-creator and writer of Emmy nominated web series, Brown Girls, a web series that highlights friendships between women of color.

INSTAGRAM: @Asgharthegrouch
TWITTER: @Asgharthegrouch

Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017). Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, she received a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an MFA in poetry at the New School. Safia is a Pushcart Prize nominee, receiving a special mention for the 2016 Pushcart Prize, and recipient of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize and the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation, and Crescendo Literary and The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator.

Safia has shared her work on platforms such as TEDxNewYork, Under Armour’s “Unlike Any” campaign, the South African State Theatre, the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway, and TV1’s Verses & Flow. Safia’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, Callaloo, and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day series, among others, and in anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism. Her work has been translated into Arabic, Japanese, Estonian, Portuguese, and Greek. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019).


INSTAGRAM: @SafiaMafia
TWITTER: @MafiaSafia
FACEBOOK: @SafiaMafia

Tickets will be available at no cost.

Doors open 1 hour prior to showtime.

Event is in the Main Theater with balcony and floor seating. The top tier of the Main Theater floor is wheelchair accessible.

Please be advised that firearms or weapons of any kind are not permitted in Liberty Hall. All entrants to public events may be subject to wanding and/or pat-down and bag searches upon each entry to the facility. Please arrive early to ensure entry prior to event start time.

No outside food or drink. No backpacks or large bags/purses are allowed. Liberty Hall assumes no liability for any items left at the door. For a full list of prohibited items and more information on Liberty Hall policies, visit LibertyHall.net/about: http://www.libertyhall.net/about