Born Palestinian, Born Black


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About this book

UpSet Press has restored to print Suheir Hammad’s first book of poems, Born Palestinian, Born Black, originally published by Harlem River Press in 1996. The new edition is augmented with a new author’s preface, and new poems, under the heading, “The Gaza Suite,” as well as a new publisher’s note by Zohra Saed, an introduction by Marco Villalobos, and an afterword by Kazim Ali.


“It’s lucky for us to have this new edition of Born Palestinian, Born Black, Suheir’s first book, published more than ten years ago. In the decade since, Hammad has achieved an international reputation as a poet. These poems are the groundswell from which her future work and political commitment springs. Like June Jordan, like Mahmoud Darwish, it is the passion and penchant for lyricism that is the true engine of these poems…”
–Kazim Ali, The Fortieth Day

About the author

Suheir Hammad‘s books include Breaking Poems, ZaatarDiva and Drops of This Story. An original writer and performer in the TONY awarded Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Suheir appears in the Cannes Film Festival Official Selection, Salt of This Sea. She has delivered her poetry to folk around the world.


Distributed for UpSet Press.