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Spoken Word is a unique genre allowing for strong personal expression. As such, it is particularly suited to those artists who feel they have an explicit message to communication along with their art. Blending lyrics, rhythm and soul, these artists construct an art form that is instantly striking and deeply compelling.

Suheir Hammad

Born in Jordan to refugee parents fleeing the conflict in Palestine, Hammad’s family moved to Brooklyn, New York, when she was still quite young. Her childhood in Brooklyn heavily influenced her style, but she draws heavily as well on her parents’ experiences of life in Palestine to form the subject matter of her work. With these dual inspirations, Hammad produces powerful spoken word poems addressing the hybrid identity of Arab Americans, particularly in post-9/11 America, and the difficulties that accompany this identity.