FATIMAH ASGHAR

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Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, screenwriter, educator and performer.  Her work has appeared in many journals, including POETRY Magazine, Gulf Coast, BuzzFeed Reader, The New York Times, The Margins, The Offing, Academy of American Poets and many others.  Her work has been featured on news outlets like PBS, NPR, Time, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and others.

In 2011 she created Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first Spoken Word Poetry group, REFLEKS, while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-genocidal countries. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and a Kundiman Fellow. Her debut collection of poems If They Should Come Us is forthcoming on One World/ Random House. She is the co-creator and writer of Emmy nominated web series, Brown Girls, a web series that highlights friendships between women of color. 


INSTAGRAM: @Asgharthegrouch
TWITTER: @Asgharthegrouch

In poems that are as historically aware as they are forward-thinking, Asghar reminds us with wit, wisdom, and compassion that a truly felt and thoughtfully written poem can be many things at once: a salve, an artifact, a puzzle, a flashlight in the face of imminent darkness, and even a whole home.
— Tarfia Faizullah
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I have never read a book that made me want to eat, write, revise, and love my body as much as If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar. This book gutted, cradled, and inspired me—it’s some of the most innovative work I’ve read. I’m not sure this nation is deserving of such a marvelously sensual and sensory book, but I know we needed this. We so needed this.
— Kiese Laymon