Suheir Hammad was born October 25, 1973 and is from Brooklyn, by way of Palestine. She is American poet, author, performer, and political activist.
Hammad may be the first Palestinian-American to make it big in the spoken-word, or performance poetry, scene: she took part in Russell+Simmons’s Tony Award-winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Her first collection is also the first book from the Cypher imprint, edited by poet Willie Perdomo. Inspired both by her links to the Arab world and by the styles and stances of such earlier poet-performers as Nikki Giovanni, Hammad celebrates and defends her heritage
Suheir’ work has been widely anthologized and also adapted for theater. Her produced plays include Blood Trinity and breaking letter(s). She wrote the libretto for the multimedia performance Re-Orientalism. Suheir appears in the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection Salt of This Sea (Suheir Photo Credit: Ted Talks).