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Suhair Hammad

Suhair Hammad

Sector : Cultural Figures , Poets

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : United States
  • Gender : Female
  • Born in : 1973
  • Age : 43
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Suheir Hammad (born October 25, 1973) is a Palestinian-American poet, author, performer, and political activist. She was born in Amman, Jordan. Her parents were Palestinian refugees who immigrated along with their daughter to Brooklyn, New York City when she was five years old. Her parents later moved to Staten Island.
As an adolescent growing up in Brooklyn, Hammad was heavily influenced by Brooklyn's vibrant hip-hop scene. She had also absorbed the stories her parents and grandparents had told her of life in their hometown of Lydda, before the 1948 Palestinian exodus, and of the suffering they endured afterward, first in the Gaza Strip and then in Jordan. From these disparate influences Hammad was able to weave into her work a common narrative of 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 came across her piece entitled 'First Writing Since,' a poem describing her reaction to the September 11 attacks, he signed her to a deal with HBO's Def Poetry Jam. She recited original works on tour for the following two years. In 2008, she was cast in her first fiction role in cinema, the Palestinian film Salt of this Sea by Annemarie Jacir, which premiered at as an official selection of the Cannes International Film Festival. She is now working on her third publication which will be a book of prose. She will also be partaking in the Bush Theatre's 2011 project Sixty Six Books where she has written a piece based upon a book of the King James Bible.

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


Achievements and Awards

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 is also a talent associate for the Peabody Award-winning HBO show Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry (2003)
The 2009 American Book Awards

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