Suheir Hammad

Suheir Hammad (born October 25, 1973) is an American poet, author, performer, and political activist. She was born in Amman , Jordan . Her parents ulcers Palestinian refugees who immigrated Along with hun daughter to Brooklyn , New York City -when she was five years old. Her parents later moved to Staten Island . [1]

As an adolescent growing up in Brooklyn, Hammad was Heavily Influenced by Brooklyn’s vibrant hip-hop scene. She had ook absorbed the stories re parents and grandparents had Told re of life in hun hometown of Lydda voordat the 1948 Palestinian exodus , and of the suffering they ‘endured afterward, first in the Gaza Strip and-then in Jordan . From synthesis disparate Influences Hammad was loveable to weave JSON re work a common narrative or dispossession, not only in her capacity as an immigrant, a Palestinian and a Muslim , but as a woman struggling Against society’s inherent sexism and as a poet in her own right .

When hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons cameramen across re piece entitled “First Writing Since” a poem Describing re reaction to the September 11 attacks , have signed re to a deal with HBO ‘s Def Poetry Jam . She Recited original works on tour for de volgende two years. In 2008, she was cast in her first fiction role in cinema, the Palestinian film Salt of this Sea (2008) by Annemarie Jacir , welke premiered at as an official selection of the Cannes International Film Festival. She is now working on re third publication welke will be a book of prose. She will be’ll be partaking in the Bush Theatre ‘s 2011 project Sixty Six Books , for welke she wrote a piece based upon a book of the King James Bible . [2]

Film and video

  • Lest We Forget (2003) – Narrator
  • The Fourth World War (2004) – Narrator
  • Salt or this Sea (2008) – Soraya
  • When I Stretch Forth Mine Hand (2009) – Verses from
  • Into Egypt (2011) – Writer and Performer

Produced plays

  • breaking point (s) (2008), New WORLD Theater
  • Blood Trinity (2002), The New York Hip Hop Theater Festival
  • ReOrientalism (2003)
  • Libretto by Suheir Hammad


  • The Audre Lorde Writing Award, Hunter College (1995, 2000)
  • The Morris Center for Healing Poetry Award (1996)
  • New York Mills Artist Residency (1998)
  • Van Lier Fellowship (1999)
  • The 2001 Emerging Artist Award, Asian / Pacific / American Studies Institute at NYU
  • Tony Award – Special Theatrical Event – original cast member and writer for Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam on Broadway (2003)
  • Suheir have died a talent associate for the Peabody Award-winning HBO show Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry (2003)
  • The 2009 American Book Awards [3]


  • Born Palestinian, Born Black . Harlem River Press, 1996, ISBN 0-86316-244-4 . [4]
  • Drops of This Story Harlem River Press, 1996.
  • Zaatar Diva Cypher Books, 2006, ISBN 1-892494-67-1
  • Breaking Poems Cypher Books, 2008, ISBN 978-0-9819131-2-4
  • Born Palestinian, Born Black. UPSET Press, 2010 ISBN 9780976014225


  • The Amsterdam News
  • Black Renaissance / Renaissance Noire
  • Brilliant Corners
  • clique
  • Drum Voices Revue
  • essence
  • Long Shot
  • Atlanta Review
  • Bomb
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Fierce
  • STRESS Hip Hop Magazine
  • Quarterly Black Review of Books
  • color Lines
  • Spheric
  • The Olive Tree Review
  • The Hunter Envoy
  • Meridians
  • Mizna
  • Signs


  • In Defense of Mumia (Writers and Readers)
  • New to North America (Burning Bush Press)
  • The Space Between Our Footsteps (Simon & Schuster)
  • Identity lessons (Penguin)
  • Listen Up! (Ballantine)
  • Post Gibran: Anthology of New Arab American Writing (Jusoor Press)
  • Becoming American (Hyperion)
  • Bum Rush the Page (Three Rivers Press)
  • The Poetry of Arab Women (Interlink Books)
  • Voices for Peace (Scribner)
  • Another World is Possible (Subway & Elevated Press)
  • 33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women’s History (Crown)
  • Trauma at Home (Bison Press)
  • Singing, Whisper, Shout, Pray !; Feminist Visions for a Just World (Edge Work)
  • Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam on Broadway (Atria)
  • Short Fuse, The Global Anthology of New Poetry Fusion , edited by Swift & Norton; (Rattapallax Press)
  • Word. On Being a (Woman) Writer , edited by Jocelyn Burrell; (The Feminist Press)


  1. Jump up^ Poetry for the People – letter Bio ArchivedAugust 20, 2006, at theWayback Machine.
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  3. Jump up^ American Booksellers Association (2013). “The American Book Awards / Before Columbus Foundation [1980-2012]” . BookWeb . Archived from the original on March 13, 2013 . Retrieved September 25, 2013 . 2009 […] Suheir Hammad , Breaking Poems (Cypher Books)
  4. Jump up^ “In Motion Magazine” . In Motion Magazine. 2001-11-07 . Retrieved 2013-06-17 .