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Survival Takes a Wild Imagination: Fariha Roisin in conversation with Dr. Banah Ghadbian

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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Charis welcomes Fariha Róisín in conversation with Dr. Banah Ghadbian for a discussion of Survival Takes a Wild Imagination: Poems. In the powerful follow up to her critically acclaimed debut collection, poet and activist Fariha Róisín is writing, praying, clawing, and scratching her way out of the grips of generational trauma on the search for the freedom her mother never received and the kindness she couldn’t give.


This collection of poetry asks a kaleidoscope of questions: Who is my family? My father? How do I love a mother no longer here? Can I see myself? What does it mean to be Bangladeshi? What is a border? Innately hopeful and resolutely strong, Fariha's voice turns to the optimism and beauty inherent in rebuilding the self, and in turn, the world that the self moves through. Ubiquitous to the human experience, Survival Takes a Wild Imagination is an illuminating breath of fresh air from a powerful poetic voice.

Fariha Róisín is a multidisciplinary artist, born in Ontario, Canada. She was raised in Sydney, Australia, and is based in Los Angeles, California. As a Muslim queer Bangladeshi, she is interested in the margins, liminality, otherness, and the mercurial nature of being. Her work has pioneered a refreshing and renewed conversation about wellness, contemporary Islam, and queer identities. Róisín is the author of How To Cure A GhostLike A Bird, Who Is Wellness For? An Examination of Wellness Culture and Who it Leaves Behind, and her second book of poetry, Survival Takes A Wild Imagination

Dr. Banah Ghadbian (they/them) is a Syrian poet and professor of Comparative Women’s Studies at Spelman College. They hold a PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego, a Masters in Ethnic Studies, and a BA in Comparative Women’s Studies and Sociology from Spelman College. As an undergrad they founded the Students for Justice in Palestine at Spelman. Dr. Ghadbian has worked around the world with Syrian and Palestinian refugee youth including as a translator with Palestinian Youth Movement in refugee camps in Greece and as a teacher at the Syrian Women’s Association in Amman, Jordan. Dr. Ghadbian co-founded an arts-based healing space for Syrian and Palestinian refugee youth called Arab Youth Collective (now the Majdal Center) in El Cajon, California. Dr. Ghadbian is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from Faculty Women of Color in the Academy (FWCA). They won the Diverse Voices Prize from Dzanc Books for their first collection of poetry, La Syrena: Visions of a Syrian Mermaid From Space. Dr. Ghadbian is a member of Palestinian Feminist Collective and Demilitarize Atlanta to Palestine. You can read their work in Mizna, Poetry Northwest, Bahr Mag, the Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies, the Women’s Review of Books, and more. Their research is on the creative work Syrian and Palestinian women conjure during revolution and war. 

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Event address: 
A Charis Hybrid (in-person + virtual) Event
184 S. Candler Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Survival Takes a Wild Imagination: Poems By Fariha Róisín Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524878221
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 17th, 2023

In the powerful follow up to her critically acclaimed debut collection, poet and activist Fariha Róisín is writing, praying, clawing, and scratching her way out of the grips of generational trauma on the search for the freedom her mother never received and the kindness she couldn’t give.

This collection of poetry asks a kaleidoscope of questions: Who is my family?


La Syrena: Visions of a Syrian Mermaid from Space By Banah El Ghadbanah Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781950539444
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Published: Dzanc Books - August 23rd, 2022

Winner of the Dzanc Diverse Voices Prize


Who Is Wellness For?: An Examination of Wellness Culture and Who It Leaves Behind By Fariha Roisin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063077089
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Published: Harper - June 14th, 2022

The multi-disciplinary artist and author of Like a Bird and How to Cure a Ghost explores the commodification and appropriation of wellness through the lens of social justice, providing resources to help anyone participate in self-care, regardless of race, identity, socioeconomic status or able-bodiedness.


Like a Bird By Fariha Róisín Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781951213442
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Published: Unnamed Press - August 3rd, 2021

A revolutionary story of empowerment and redemption, Like a Bird is the highly anticipated debut novel from Fariha R is n, author of the poetry collection How to Cure A Ghost
One of Vogue and Refinery29's Most Anticipated Books of the Fall


How to Cure a Ghost: Poems By Fariha Róisín, Monica Ramos (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Fariha Róisín, Monica Ramos (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781419737565
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Published: Abrams Image - September 24th, 2019

A poetry compilation recounting a woman’s journey from self-loathing to self-acceptance, confusion to clarity, and bitterness to forgiveness
 
Following in the footsteps of such category killers as Milk and Honey and Whiskey Words & a Shovel I, Fariha Róisín’s poetry book is a collection of her thoughts as a young, queer, Muslim fe


Being in Your Body (Guided Journal): A Journal for Self-Love and Body Positivity By Fariha Róisín, Monica Ramos (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Fariha Róisín, Monica Ramos (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419738289
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Abrams Noterie - September 24th, 2019

An illustrated journal filled with empowering writing practices for approaching your body with compassion.
 
What would life be like without the negativity surrounding our bodies?  Body shame, reinforced by socially entrenched beauty norms and intensified by social media, is incredibly difficult to shake.


Event Summary: 
Ubiquitous to the human experience, Survival Takes a Wild Imagination is an illuminating breath of fresh air from a powerful poetic voice.