Prayers for My 17th Chromosome: An evening with Amir Rabiyah

Event date: 
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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Amir Rabiyah is a two-spirit disabled queer femme poet and writing coach. They were born in London, England to a Cherokee and European mother and a Lebanese and Syrian father. Their work explores living life on the margins and at the intersections of multiple identities. Amir writes about living with chronic pain and illness, war, trauma, spirituality, redemption--and speaks on silenced places. Amir is the author of Prayers for My 17th Chromosome, co-editor of Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices, and has published in numerous anthologies and journals. They currently live in San Diego with their beautiful partner, two dogs, one super senior cat, and a 13 year old film-making prodigy. They love being a housewife and believe domestic work, chanting Sufi prayers over a home cooked meal, and nurturing our community is crucial for revolution.

  • Amir Rabiyah's poems - passionate, potent, honest, searing, "crisp clear water" and "salt" both. Poems to embrace,to breathe in, so deeply, as if we could all return to our most essential selves and worlds here - wondrous poems. Naomi Shihab Nye, author of 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East
  • Amir Rabiyah is a magician who “has tasted salt” of the creation story’s sea. The cleaving of human to spirit found in Prayers for My 17th Chromosome is a “blood tangle” that will “kiss your cells till you sweat/ constellations.” Rabiyah reminds their reader that to exist in between boxes of national belongings, migrations, queer kinships, and disability is not to swallow war. Rather, in these verses complications find respite in one another, “[becoming] the endless,/ the source,/ the horizon/ awakening.” Rajiv Mohabir, author of The Cowherd’s Son and The Taxidermist’s Cut
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1189 Euclid Ave. NE
Charis Books and More
Atlanta, GA 30307
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ISBN: 9781943977420
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Published: Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC - November 14th, 2017

"Amir Rabiyah is a magician who has tasted salt of the creation story's sea. The cleaving of human to spirit found in Prayers for My 17th Chromosome is a blood tangle that will kiss your cells till you sweat / constellations.

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By Helen Klonaris (Editor), Amir Rabiyah (Editor)
ISBN: 9780985110598
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Published: Trans-Genre Press - September 25th, 2015

Writing the Walls Down is a multi-genre gathering of US and international voices in an effort to generate a cross cultural and nuanced dialogue that not only examines the power of walls to divide, but walls as sites of resistance, (re)connection, and community.