A MIDWEST ADDRESS EVENT, CO-SPONSORED BY EVANSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY & THE NORTHWESTERN RAINBOW ALLIANCE Fatimah Asghar in Conversation with Matthew Abtahi: If They Come for Us
Join us for a special Midwest Address event co-sponsored by the Northwestern Rainbow Alliance and featuring acclaimed poet and writer Fatimah Asghar.
From a co-creator of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls comes an imaginative, soulful debut poetry collection that captures the experiences of being a young Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America. 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.
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.
Matthew Abtahi is the student organization advisor for the Northwestern Rainbow Alliance and an assistant director of Multicultural Student Affairs at Northwestern University. His work focuses on the celebration, education and advocacy of Northwestern’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi+, Trans, Queer, Intersex and Asexual communities.