Suheir Hammad1999-2000 BWC Van Lier Literary Fellowship for Poetry
Suheir Hammad was born in Amman, Jordan to Palestinian refugee parents on October 25, 1973. Suheirís family immigrated to Brooklyn NY when Suheir was five years old, and she was raised there until the age of sixteen. Her parents moved to Staten Island while Suheir was in high school. Suheir has been able to travel throughout the world via her poetry. She has read her poems in Ivy League Universities and on Brooklynís street corners. Her work has appeared in award winning anthologies, and in zines stapled together by queer youth collectives. As far as we know, Suheir was the first Palestinian starring in a Broadway show, and she continues to be the first Palestinian in many artistic spaces throughout the States.
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