WHO & WHAT: An IRL & Virtual EVENT w/ award winning poet & author Safia Elhillo alongside readings from some very special guest poets: Fatimah Asghar (If They Come for Us), aja monet (My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter) & Fariha Róisín (Who Is Wellness For?) to launch Safia's intimate and gripping new release Girls That Never Die.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Saul Williams will no longer be reading at this event.
WHEN: Thursday, July 14th, 2022 @ 7pm PST
WHERE: LIVE In-Person at Rep Club in Los Angeles (3054 S. Victoria Ave LA, CA 90016, vaccination + mask required) or via livestream virtually from anywhere!
COVID REQUIREMENTS: Proof of vaccination and face covering while indoors is required to attend in-person. No exceptions.
HOW: Reserve an IRL or Virtual ticket below which includes a signed copy of Girls That Never Die for those in the US and Canada. Free virtual tickets do not include a book copy.
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Sudanese by way of D.C., Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children and Home Is Not a Country and co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me. Winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, the Arab American Book Award, and the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, she is also the recipient of a Cave Canem Fellowship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from The Poetry Foundation. Her work has appeared in POETRY magazine, The Atlantic, and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day series, among others.
Fatimah Asghar, author of If They Come for Us, is a poet, filmmaker, educator, and performer. They are the writer and co-creator of Brown Girls, an Emmy-nominated web series that highlights friendships between women of color. Along with Safia Elhillo, they are the editor of Halal If You Hear Me, an anthology that celebrates Muslim writers who are also women, queer, gender-nonconforming, and/or trans.
aja monet is a poet, committed activist, and musician and was an NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Work-Poetry in 2018. Harry Belafonte has called her "the true definition of an artist." She was a featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington, where she read the title poem of her latest book, My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter. Monet's other books include Inner-City Chants and Cyborg Cyphers, and The Black Unicorn Sings. Both were later released as e-books. Monet also co-edited and arranged the spoken-word collection Chorus: A Literary Mixtape (2012) with Saul Williams and writer and actress Dufflyn Lammers.
Fariha Róisín is a multidisciplinary artist, born in Ontario, Canada. She was raised in Sydney, Australia, and is based in Los Angeles, California. As a Muslim queer Bangladeshi, she is interested in the margins, liminality, otherness, and the mercurial nature of being. Her work has pioneered a refreshing and renewed conversation about wellness, contemporary Islam, and queer identities and has been featured in The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and Vogue. She is the author of the poetry collection How To Cure A Ghost (2019), as well as the novel Like A Bird (2020).