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The pop-up readings are a partnership between the Portland Book Festival and the Portland Art Museum where Festival authors are thematically paired with artworks in the Museum. A celebration of creatives, the pop-ups highlight the intersections of visual art and the written word. For her pop-up reading, Hassan was paired with Factories at Night by Joseph Stella, in PAM’s Modern & Contemporary Art collection.
Praise for Raghead:
“Then there is the lyricism of the desert night: neighbors’ boys with their blue tongues are hanging from silver lamp posts; girls are forced to serve while dressed in nothing but shackles, women indeed are being raped in an evil oceanic clamoring across an entire war-zone—and Eman Hassan is the gifted journalist to all this suffering; she asks like the moon, that seen too much in a single night, for clouds to cover the unscented, adverted experience with a healing of water that is pure like prayer. I could never exaggerate the importance of this necessary book. It is virtually haunting!” —Norman Dubie
“Eman Hassan is a veteran of the first Iraq War. The daughter of a Kuwaiti father and an American mother, her multi-cultural background and experiences on the ground give her a unique perspective on the ongoing upheavals in the Middle East. In these finely-crafted poems she sings ‘between / the dipthongs of one language / and another’ simultaneously critiquing some aspects of Kuwaiti culture and correcting the stereotypes held by too many in the West. Raghead is a powerful, timely, and necessary book.”—Grace Bauer