Stephen F. Austin State University

Muslim Spoken Word

Muslim Spoken Word - Feature Kashmir Maryam

The horrible attack in Orlando this summer (June 12, 2016) has made our hearts heavy, but the spirit of pride and hope still waives higher than that of hate. We know the action of a few individuals does not represent the whole population. The LGBTQA community knows this, and even in this time of sorrow, they made sure to emphasize that this attack of homophobia should not result in attacks of Islamophobia. The American Muslim community stands with the LGBTQA community and all others to spread peace in humanity.
Therefore, as the Office of Multicultural Affairs, we would like to encourage the SFA and Nacogdoches community to come together, recognize our differences with respect, and learn from one another that we can overcome hate and fear. As an effort to educate the SFA and Nacogdoches community about our Muslim brothers and sisters, the OMA is happy to bring Kashmir Maryam. Kashmir Maryam is an internationally acclaimed writer and performer; she is a 3rd generation British-Kashmiri Muslim, born and raised in the city of Leeds (UK).
Through her spoken word, she encourages the need for self-empowerment through spiritual cognizance and altruism, in order to ignite global change. Kashmir is the Co-founder of The Strangers - a non-profit organization which is devoted to clearing up misconceptions about Islam, through the art of spoken word poetry. Kashmir is featured in the movie 'We Are Poets', which captures her journey all the way from the red brick inner-city streets of England, to performing in front of the White House at 'Brave New Voices' - the world's most prestigious poetry slam competition. Kashmir has also recently published her book 'NAFSI: Jihad upon my Self'; this compelling work examines the relationship between spirit and flesh, through poetic allure. Since then, Kashmir continues to deliver inspiring speeches, as well as performing her poetry on national and international stages.

Event Information

Date: October 12, 2016
Location: BPSC Theater
Time: 7pm - 8:30pm

Kashmir Maryam - Muslim Spoken Word Poet