Safia Elhillo is Sudanese by way of Washington, DC. A Cave Canem fellow and poetry editor for Kinfolks Quarterly: a journal of black expression, she received an MFA in poetry from the New School. Safia is the winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets for her manuscript, Asmarani. She has been nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize and is joint winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize. Her work appears in several publications and in anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.
A Night of Poetry and Storytelling
Thursday, February 11, 7 pm
McLean Project for the Arts
1234 Ingleside Ave
McLean, VA 22101
Safia Elhillo, Sudanese-American poet and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets for her manuscript, Asmarani, will read at this event; and artists Nasrin and Nahid Navab will talk about their exhibit Hushed Revolt.
Witness and Memory: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here 2016
Georgetown University Lauinger Memorial Library
Monday, February 29, 7-9 pm
Poetry readings by Safia Elhillo and Beau Beausoleil. Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here began as a call from San Francisco poet Beau Beausoleil in 2007 for writers, and it quickly moved on to incorporate artists, artist books, and printmakers, all responding to bear witness to the tragic loss of a center of literacy and humanity in Iraq. Al-Mutanabbi Street represents a street of booksellers, printers, and readers, a street where people still felt "safe" among all the words and books. This is the project's starting point: where language, thought, and reality reside; where memory, ideas, and even dreams wait patiently in their black ink. Safia Elhillo is a Sudanese-American poet and winner of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets for her manuscript, Asmarani.
Reflections on The Promised Land
Mosaic Theater Company of DC
Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
641 D ST NW
Wednesday, February 24, 8 pm
Safia Elhillo will respond to The Promised Land, a play about Sudanese refugees in Israel by Shahar Pinkhas and Shay Pitovsky, running February 16-28, at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Go to www.mosaictheater.org for tickets and more information.