The spoken word poet Fatimah Asghar's parents passed away when she was young, so she grew up as an orphan and, as a result, says she has a "really crazy idea" about what family means. Asghar says she also grew up with a very traditional sense of womanhood, and what that means in relation to education and self-expression. And so she was often silent, to the point that people would might forget she was riding in the car with them. "I was invisible for most of my life," she says.
That is no longer the case, as Asghar is now an award-winning poet and performer who spoke at The Nantucket Project. In the video below, Asghar reads two lyrical pieces, "Forgive Me" and "For Jonylah Watkins."
Fatimah Asghar is an award-winning poet and performer who is almost always in-between two places. Her literary work hovers between prose and poetry, examining fact through a lyrical lens. She has won numerous awards for experimental risk-taking in her work, which has appeared in Muzzle Magazine, DecomP, Fringe Magazine, and many 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. Last year she was a Multicultural Fellow at the Steppenwolf Theater, where she worked in the Literary department. She is the co-founder of The Glass City Project, a Chicago-based arts organization that combines poetry, theory, and activism. She currently serves as the Associate Artist for the Redmoon Theater.