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On Returning: Diasporic Chronologies, Appendices, and the Present Political

  • When
  • June 12, 2019 5:30–8:00 p.m.
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    United States of America
  • Speakers
  • Javier Zamora, Asiya Wadud, Dalia Elhassan, and Óscar Moisés Díaz
  • Programs

Announcing Moving Walls 25: Another Way Home

From the series “Live, Love, Refugee”
“I wish to become a dragon and burn the scarves and everything in that tent.” – Kawthar, 16 years old, Lebanon.
Kawthar was beaten and raped on her wedding night after being married to a 32-year-old Syrian man from a nearby refugee camp.

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project and Moving Walls 25 fellows Family Reunions Project x Tierra Narrative present an evening of poetry readings and discussion featuring authors Dalia Elhassan, Asiya Wadud, and Javier Zamora. The conversation will be moderated by poet/curator/artist Óscar Moisés Díaz.

All the poets in this conversation have a connection to a country with Temporary Protected Status (TPS): El Salvador, Somalia, and Sudan.

Drawing from Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work and Susan Sontag’s idea of the writer as someone who is paying attention, the conversation will engage with how these poets are working through temporality in their work, the idea of the appendix in relation to their practices, how returnings and retracings impact diasporic writing, and the poetic response to the present-political.


  • Javier Zamora


    Javier Zamora is a poet and author whose work explores how immigration and the civil war in El Salvador have impacted his life and family.

  • Asiya Wadud


    Asiya Wadud is a poet, author and educator teaching poetry at Saint Ann’s School.

  • Dalia Elhassan


    Dalia Elhassan is a Sudanese-American poet and writer who lives in NYC by way of Miami.

  • Óscar Moisés Díaz


    Óscar Moisés Díaz is a New York based artist, curator and writer.

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