Watch my high school youth poetry team compete at this year’s Louder Than a Bomb: Michigan Youth Poetry Festival Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28 in Detroit.
Meet the author and purchase a signed copy of Diary of a Daughter in Diaspora at the Arab American National Museum’s annual Book + Print Fest Friday, April 5, 2pm-9pm free.
Let’s celebrate Arab American Heritage Month together with vendors, workshops, and performances!
Join us at the Arab American National Museum for a fun night filled with poetry & traditional Palestinian and Native American dance in the beautiful Mezzanine courtyard!
I will be doing a poetry reading and book signing of my new poetry book Diary of a Daughter in Diaspora, giving readers the narrative of a first-generation Muslim woman in America.
Following will be audience-interactive dances led by Wala3at from Dabke is Life (bringing in traditional Palestinian step dance) and The Aadizookaan (ancestral indigenous-based dance)!
Doors open 7:30 p.m. ($5 entry)
Poetry 8-8:30 p.m.
Book signing 8:30-8:45 p.m. ($20)
Dance 8:45-9:30 p.m.
COME CELEBRATE WITH ME THE RELEASE OF MY FIRST POETRY BOOK: Diary of a Daughter in Diaspora!!!
In her first book, Founas outlines her life experiences and views through poetry. As the daughter of Algerian immigrants, she depicts the realities of growing up in America in the diaspora – leaving her between two foreign lands. She also provides a unique glimpse into the glories and traumas of educating black and brown youth in Detroit. This body of work is HER story as a first-generation Arab and Muslim woman growing up in America – a narrative that is rarely told from one’s own perspective.
-MCed by the hilarious and talented Poet Justin Gordon
-Opening features by Detroit youth: Poet Bri Johnson, Pianist Kunta Harris, B-Boys DJ Step and Darius Hall
-Featuring the dope poet Mariah Smith
-Founas poetry book reading
-Founas book signing (book: $20)
-Great music by VibesByJones DeLonte Jones
**suggested $5 donation at the door**
ENJOY DETROIT, 1938 Franklin #106, Detroit