2007, Tue, Oct 23

Bushra Rehman & Suheir Hammad

Downtown, Uptown, Crosstown - Literature from New York

Bushra Rehman | (c) Promo

Bushra Rehman | (c) Promo

Ten protagonists of the New York literary scene read at the House of World Cultures: famous voices and newcomers, novelists and poets. Polyphony in all respects – these authors offer insights into the diversity of cultural, ethnic and social affiliations that make up life in New York. They tell of worlds between cultures, of experience at the margins of society, and they search for forms through which to portray the complexity of our globalised present.

Activists, poets, performers: The Palestinian New Yorker Suheir Hammad and the Pakistani-American Bushra Rehman disregard the conventions of "high culture". In a language echoing with Hip Hop, Hammad tells of life between Brooklyn and the Middle East, while Bushra Rehman looks for new readings of feminism as she writes about everyday life in Queens.

Moderated by Ekpenyong Ani (Orlanda publishers)