Shadab Zeest Hashmi


My friend Rizwan Kadir invited me to the American Islamic College last Thursday evening to a poetry reading by Pakistani-American poet Shadab Zeest Hashmi. I was so impressed with the power and imagery of her poetry. She read from her two collections, Baker of Tarifa and Kohl and Chalk. I had the honor to participate in the reading of one of her poems.
Her poems are often historical and political. Sometimes calming, sometimes explosive. She’s a brilliant poet, a unique voice among American Muslim women. I hope that the next time she visits Chicago, she can read to a wider audience, perhaps at the Poetry Foundation.