Home is Not a Country with Safia Elhillo

Sep 18, 2021, 6:00 pm

Emerald Project is excited to host Safia Elhillo, acclaimed poet and author of HOME IS NOT A COUNTRY, a novel-in-verse for teens.

Zoom link to be provided soon.

Nima wishes she were someone else. She doesn’t feel understood by her mother, who grew up in a different land. She doesn’t feel accepted in her suburban town; yet somehow, she isn’t different enough to belong elsewhere. Her best friend, Haitham, is the only person with whom she can truly be herself. Until she can’t, and suddenly her only refuge is gone.

As the ground is pulled out from under her, Nima must grapple with the phantom of a life not chosen—the name her parents meant to give her at birth—Yasmeen. But that other name, that other girl, might be more real than Nima knows. And the life Nima wishes were someone else’s. . . is one she will need to fight for with a fierceness she never knew she possessed.

This program is a part of Welcoming Week 2021, a series highlighting the contributions of immigrants and refugees.

This program is made possible with support from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Emerald Project, Utah Humanities, and the Mayor's Office for New Americans.

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