The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3

Edited by Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo

Haymarket Books (Spring 2019)

Trade Paper • ISBN-13:9781608466047• US $16 • 5.5 in x 8.5 in • 250 pgs.


Halal If You Hear Me: The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3 is an anthology to highlight the work of Muslim writers who are women, trans, queer and gender nonconforming. The collected poems dispel the notion that there is one correct way to be a Muslim, holds space for our multiple intersecting identities, and to celebrate and protect those identities.

Halal If You Hear Me features poems by Safia Elhillo, Fatimah Asghar, Warsan Shire, Tarfia Faizullah, Angel Nafis, Beyza Ozer, and many others.


“This is the third volume of Haymarket Books’ popular “The Breakbeat Poets Anthology Series” and another hit in the making, for readers of the Muslim diaspora, people with Muslim families and anyone interested in listening in on a contemporary conversation with writers from the fastest growing religion, around two billion worldwide. If I could go back in time, “Halal If You Hear Me” is a book I would give my mother when she was young, when she had no idea how to navigate life as a brown woman with a hidden Muslim side, in a hostile environment where she was often harassed. How wonderful to be in this space, to be “just seen… just be heard… be celebrated.”



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Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), recipient of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. Sudanese by way of Washington, DC, she is a 2016 Pushcart Prize nomine, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, and listed in Forbes Africa’s 2018 “30 Under 30.” Her fellowships and residencies include Cave Canem, The Conversation, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Her work appears in POETRY Magazine, Callaloo, and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day series, among others, and in anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism.

Poet, screenwriter, educator, and performer Fatimah Asghar is a Pakistani, Kashmiri, Muslim American writer. Fatimah Asghar is the author of the poetry collection If They Should Come for Us (One World/Random House, forthcoming 2018) and the chapbook After (Yes Yes Books, 2015). She is also the writer and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated Brown Girls, a web series that highlights friendships between women of color. Her work has been featured on news outlets such as PBS, NPR, Time, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and others.


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