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Equilibrium: Sham-e-Ali Nayeem with Giles Li

Date: 3/25/17

Location: The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)

Day of the Week: Saturday

Time: 8:00 - 9:30 pm


Equilibrium (EQ) is the Loft's Spoken Word series. Tonight's EQ features the Loft's Spoken Word Immersion Fellow, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem with Giles Li, and is co-sponsored with Metropolitan State University's Global Poetry Festival. Also featuring DJ Nak.

Sham-e-Ali Nayeem is a poet & visual artist who was born in Hyderabad, India and raised in both the UK and the US. Recipient of the 2016 Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship, her poetry has appeared in publications such as SAMAR, Apiary, Roots & Culture Magazine, and Mizna and can be found in anthologies such as Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (Olive Branch Press, 2005), Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak (Beacon Press, 2005) and Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence (Seal Press, 2008). Sham-e-Ali has performed her poetry both locally & internationally including at the Oxford Literary Festival. She is currently working on her forthcoming book of poetry, The City of Pearls (UpSet Press 2017).

Giles Li is executive director of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, as well as a nationally recognized performance poet and community educator. His writing has been taught in curricula across the country, including Pomona College and the El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in Brooklyn. His poetry has been published in several places, including ESPN.com and the Asian American Literary Review. He was one of three featured artists in the documentary film Art Beyond Borders, produced by the Transnational Studies Initiative at Harvard University, and also starred in the award-winning short comedy film The Humberville Poetry Slam. He will serve as poetry faculty at the 2017 Kundiman retreat.

They will be joined by two students from this event's cosponsor, Metropolitan State University's Global Poetry Festival. Due to this partnership, this event is free.