Suheir Hammad

Suheir Hammad is one of the most influential poets of her generation. She rose to prominence with her searing performance of First Writing Since on Def Poetry and has released several collections of powerful, award-winning verse. Her style, her rhythms and wordplay, her uncompromising politics set a standard for generations of young – particularly diaspora – artists to reach for.

Among her many notable performances at the Palestine Festival of Literature was the Gaza Suite – performed for the first time just five months after the horrors of Operation Cast Lead.