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Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr

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Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr – Poet, Essayist, Playwright.

Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr is a poet, playwright, and a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her work is widely anthologized and has been translated into: Arabic, Catalan, Dutch, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Papiamento, Spanish, Turkish and Uzbek. She is the author of five collections of poems. A play, Ricekeepers, has been published and performed nationally and internationally. Most recently she has officiated at several memorials for Sathima Bea Benjamin, a South African Jazz singer and former exile, Jayne Cortez, and Amiri Baraka. She attended the 40th Anniversary of African Literature Association, in South Africa where she presented a paper on the Exile Community in New York of South African artists and activists. Her novel in linked stories, Autobiography of the Lower East Side, has just been published by Northhampton House Press.  Ismaili AbuBakr is active in the Harlem community and hosts Salon d’Afrique, where artists, cultural workers from all over the world gather. She is featured in the documentary movie: Zwelededumile, directed by Ramadan Suleman. The film is a tribute to the late visual artist who lived in exile in England and finally America for over twenty-five years. He died on the eve of his return to South Africa. Her poem is a dirge she composed for him and is prominent in the film. She is currently completing a novel.


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