Northshire Saratoga: Ayse Guvenilir and Aleena Shabbir - Our Ancestors Did Not Breathe This Air

In person at our NY location!
Event date: 
Friday, May 26, 2023 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866



We are delighted to welcome you back to this in person event at our Saratoga Springs, NY store!

Ayse Guvenilir and Aleena Shabbir will visit our Saratoga store to share poetry from the anthology Our Ancestors Did Not Breathe This Air, a poetry collection in which Muslim women explore family, identity, and homeland.

Six Muslim women. One poetry collection exploring family, identity, and homeland.

Our Ancestors Did Not Breathe This Air brings fresh voices of poignancy and a much-needed representation in modern poetry. From the scents of a bustling street market in India to the warmth of stories rooted in Venezuela to snippets of college days shared at MIT, the poetry in this book features an ache for grounds no longer walked upon. With a range of distinct styles and voices, the poets' nuanced self-expression amounts to a piece that is both a prayer and a rebellion. Their words, introspective and reminiscing, witty and thoughtful, are an ode to that which makes them who they are and where they come from. Simultaneously, their voices are a rejection of dangerous stigmas, cultural taboos, and oppressive systems. In both verse and image, Our Ancestors Did Not Breathe This Air is a bold and unfiltered collection recounting moments, tears, and dreams that have been generations in the making. The poems in this collection are accompanied by full-color illustrations and photographs.

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Our Ancestors Did Not Breathe This Air By Afeefah Khazi-Syed, Aleena Shabbir, Ayse Angela Guvenilir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781957372006
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Published: Beltway Editions - June 15th, 2022

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