Poetry. Middle Eastern Studies. Women's Studies. A vernacular debut that uncompromisingly journeys towards its sole destination: the decolonization of the imagination.In INVASIVE SPECIES, Marwa Helal's searing politically charged poems touch on our collective humanity and build new pathways for empathy, etching themselves into memory. This work centers on urgent themes in our cultural landscape, creating space for unseen victims of discriminatory foreign (read: immigration) policy: migrants, refugees—the displaced. Helal transfers lived experiences of dislocation and relocation onto the reader by obscuring borders through language.
conversation @ The RumpusPublishers WeeklyStephanie Burt @ The New York TimesMiller Oberman @ Constant CriticDanilo Machado @ The Brooklyn Rail"Best of 2019: Poetry Books & Poetry Collections" @ EntropyOmar El Akkad @ The Millions
Marwa Helal is the author of the chapbook I Am Made To Leave I Am Made To Return and winner of BOMB Magazine's Biennial Contest. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, Helal currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA