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IF THEY COME FOR US: Book Release Party

Celebrate the release of Fatimah Asghar's groundbreaking collection of poetry, If They Come for Us, with performances, music, dancing, drinks, and healing.

Hosted by Danez Smith, featuring Jamila Woods, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Safia Elhillo, Kaveh Akbar, Franny Choi & Cam Awkward-Rich, with DJ Chante, Drea the Vibe Dealer and Joseph Chilliams, along with acupuncture & tarot.

BYOB. Free. All ages. Books for sale on site.




Poet and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls captures her experience as a Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America, while exploring identity, violence, and healing.

“A debut poetry collection showcasing both a fierce and tender new voice.”—Booklist

Orphaned as a child, Fatimah Asghar grapples with coming of age and navigating questions of sexuality and race without the guidance of a mother or father. These poems at once bear anguish, joy, vulnerability, and compassion, while also exploring the many facets of violence: how it persists within us, how it is inherited across generations, and how it manifests itself in our relationships. In experimental forms and language both lyrical and raw, Asghar seamlessly braids together marginalized people’s histories with her own understanding of identity, place, and belonging.

Advance praise for If They Come for Us

“In this awe-inspiring debut, Asghar, writer of the Emmy-nominated web series ‘Brown Girls,’ explores the painful, sometimes psychologically debilitating journey of establishing her identity as a queer brown woman within the confines of white America. . . . Honest, personal, and intimate without being insular or myopic, Asghar’s collection reveals a sense of strength and hope found in identity and cultural history: ‘our names this country’s wood/ for the fire my people my people/ the long years we’ve survived the long/ years yet to come.’”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Earlier Event: August 11
Unlearning Circle: Reparations