Sawnet - Bookshelf -
Bushra Rehman's mother says Bushra was born in an
ambulance flying through the streets of Brooklyn. Her
father is not so sure. Since there are no definitive
records of the time of her birth, there is no real way
of knowing, but it would explain a few things. Bushra
is a vagabond poet who traveled for years with nothing
more than a greyhound ticket and a book bag full of
poems. Now, she performs her poetry regularly in
theaters and colleges around the world. Lately, she's
been spending her time flying through the streets of
Brooklyn and Oakland writing an on the road adventure
novel for Muslim girls.
In her travels, Bushra met Daisy Hernandez and
together they edited a book of essays titled Colonize
This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism (Seal
Bushra's poetry has been collected in the chapbook
Marianna's Beauty Salon (Vagabond Press, 2001). She
has been featured on BBC Radio 4, in The New York
Times and NY Newsday and her work has appeared in
ColorLines, Mizna, Curve, SAMAR, and Bottomfish. Her
writing is forthcoming in Writing the Lines of Our
Hands: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry
(Creative Arts Press), Voices of Resistance: Muslim
Women on War, Faith and Sexuality (Seal Press) and
Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their
Bodies (Kent State University Press).
- Marianna's Beauty Salon
Vagabond Press (2001)
Books edited by Bushra Rehman
- Colonize This!
Seal Press (2002)
- Ms. Magazine columnist Hernandez and poet Rehman, both feminist activists, have assembled a broad collection of essays by young women writers, academics, and activists from a range of cultures and sexual orientations.
One writer describes herself as a "mixed brown girl, Sri-Lankan and New England mill-town white trash," and clearly delineates the organizing differences between whites and women of color: "We do not kick ass the way the white girls do, in meetings of NOW or riot grrl. For us, it's all about family."
A Korean-American woman struggles to create her own identity in a traditional community: "Yam-ja-neh means nice, sweet, compliant. I've heard it used many times by my parents' friends who don't know shit about me."
An Arab-American feminist deconstructs the "quaint vision" of Middle-Eastern women with which most Americans feel comfortable.
This impressive array of first-person accounts adds a much-needed fresh dimension to the ongoing dialogue between race and gender, and gives voice to the women who are creating and shaping the feminism of the future.
South Asian Women authors