Suheir Hammad was born in Amman, Jordan to Palestinian refugee parents on October 25, 1973. Suheir’s family immigrated to Brooklyn NY when Suheir was five years old, and she was raised there until the age of sixteen. Her parents moved to Staten Island while Suheir was in high school.
Suheir has been able to travel throughout the world via her poetry. She has read her poems in Ivy League Universities and on Brooklyn’s street corners. Her work has appeared in award winning anthologies, and in zines stapled together by queer youth collectives. As far as we know, Suheir was the first Palestinian starring in a Broadway show, and she continues to be the first Palestinian in many artistic spaces throughout the States.
The Audre Lorde Writing Award,
The Morris Center for Healing Poetry Award
New York Mills Artist Residency
Van Lier Fellowship
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
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