Poetry Recitation and Conversation

Please join us for a reading & conversation on writing poetry through exile, asylum, and diaspora with poets JinJin Xu and Abdul Samad Haidari on Sunday, September 13th at 9pm ET.

To attend, please register in advance with this link: https://nyu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkceGuqzguH9YKSh-pulopqKGglGPv8IlT. You will then receive an email with the event link and information on how to join.

JinJin Xu is a writer and filmmaker from Shanghai. Her work can be found in The Margins, The Common, Berlin’s Harun Farocki Institute, and NYC’s Immigrant Artist Biennial. She is the 2020 winner of the Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Prize and a finalist for the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award. A previous Thomas J. Watson Fellow, she is currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU, where she received the Lillian Vernon Fellowship and teaches ballet/poetry workshops. Her chapbook THERE IS STILL SINGING IN THE AFTERLIFE won the inaugural Own Voices Chapbook Prize selected by Aria Aber and is forthcoming in November 2020 from Radix Media.

Abdul Samad Haidari is an Afghan journalist, humanitarian-aid worker, and a poet. He currently resides in Indonesia as a refugee. Abdul Samad has authored a book of poetry called “The Red Ribbon” which is the top ten best sellers in Indonesia. Abdul was invited to Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in 2019. He attended several literary festivals in Jakarta and spoke in various human rights panel discussions with the UNHCR, IOM, and in other refugee-focused discussion groups. He is currently working on his PTSD book and has a few books of poetry, ready for editing to be published. Abdul can be reached at: abdulsamad.haidari97@gmail.com

About samad1986

Abdul Samad Haidari is a poet, writer, teacher and a former freelance journalist, currently residing in Indonesia as a stateless refugee. He is the author of The Red Ribbon He fled his home country at the age of seven and grew up wandering in Pakistan and Iran as a child refugee, and was separated from his family for the majority of his childhood. For two years, at the age of eight and nine, he was forced into child labour in the construction industry in Iran. In contrast, Pakistan offered refugees like him the opportunity to study and work. This education and work experience culminated in Abdul teaching computer studies and English language courses at the Intel Computer Center and Pak Oxford Professionals. After the collapse of the Taliban government, Abdul returned to Afghanistan thinking that the security situation had improved, and that he could take part in the reconstruction of his war-torn country. With this in mind, Abdul served as a freelance journalist and humanitarian aid-worker in areas of the country that remained dangerous to civilians because of the influence of terrorist groups. Abdul served with the Norwegian refugee council (NRC), ActionAid Afghanistan, Daily Outlook Afghanistan group of newspapers, and The Daily Afghanistan Express. As a freelance journalist, Abdul wrote articles and editorials about on-the-ground realities, which were then circulated widely. These had a particular focus on women and children’s rights, corruption, transparency and accountability in government, warlords and terrorist groups’ actions and the systematic persecution of minority groups in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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