Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr
Poet, Essayist, Playwright
Rashidah Ismaili AbuBakr's latest work is currently in a new anthology; "Resisting Arrest," Ed. by Tony Medina. Her one-act play, "Bessie," was performed at Harare International Festival of Fine Arts, in Zimbabwe, she has been commissioned to write a special edition of Black Renaissance on the art and culture scenes in Zimbabwe and South Africa, and she conducted many interviews for the journal. She continues to be active with PEN and PEN Voices International Festival. This past May she put together a panel with Daniel C. Dawson from New York University and Kassahoun Checole; publisher, Africa World Press/Red Sea Press, at the Bronx Museum. She read at the Museum of the Lower East Side in one of their restored apartments along with other immigrant writers who were participants, one of whom was Colin Tobin. In late September she participated in Lit Crawl that PEN put together with writers turning the Lower East Side into a writer's world. She read at Blue Stockings Book Store. In October she read at a book launch of "Resisting Arrest" at Book Court in Brooklyn along with Marilyn Nelson, Patricia Smith, and others. Currently she is working on her first Young Adult novel and a second book in the Lower East Side trilogy.