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Published on Mar 28, 2009
This week on One on One, meet Suheir Hammad, the award-winning poet, author and passionate political activist.
As the child of Palestinian refugees who moved to Brooklyn, New York at the age of five, her early life was infused with the city's bustling hip hop scene and the angst of Arab dispossession much of which reveals itself in the depths of her poetry and writing.
Although she was born in Amman, Jordan, her childhood was constantly filled with her parents' stories about their ancestral home in Palestine before becoming refugees, and the Quran to Suheir was God's own epic poem.
These stories continued even after Suheir Hammad moved to New York, and were instrumental in cultivating her creative talent.