Mon Jun 3, 2019 | 20:00 - 21:30 | Grote Zaal |
Poet, journalist and activist Mona Kareem (1987) was born in Kuwait but lives in the US. This May and June she will live and write in Rotterdam as a ‘Poet in Residence’, as she will be one of the performing poets at the 50th Poetry International Festival. On 3 June she will visit EUR for a personal lecture on her history and she will read some of her poems resulting from it.
‘My body is my vehicle
I drive it recklessly like a teenager’
As a Bidoon – a member of an ethnic group that is considered stateless by Kuwait’s government and denied citizenship – she is committed in her work as a journalist to fighting the violation of civil rights. Her poetry is characterised by a distinctly female voice that gives compelling expression to political and social concerns as well as deeply personal issues, while also allowing for humour and lyricism.
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