112: An evening of poetry with Marwa Helal
Join us at Book Culture on 112th on Wednesday, February 27th at 7pm for an evening of poetry reading with Marwa Helal and the new collection, Invasive species. Helal will be joined by Gala Mukomolova and Nkosi Nkululeko.
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.
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.
Gala Mukomolova writes lyric astrology for NYLON. In 2016, Mukomolova won the 92nd Street Y Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her first chapbook, One Above / One Below : Positions & Lamentations is available from Yes Yes Books. Her full-length collection, Without Protection, is forthcoming Spring 2019 from Coffee House Press. She was born in Moscow, the city that doesn't believe in tears.
Nkosi Nkululeko, writer, chess player and musician, is a 2017 Poets House fellow. His poetry is currently published or forthcoming in Callaloo, The Collagist, Michigan Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Third Coast, and more. He has been included in The Best American Poetry 2018 Anthology. Nkosi Nkululeko lives in Harlem, New York.