Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr – The Norman Mailer Center

Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr

Rashidah Ismaii AbuBakr; writes poetry, plays fiction and conducts workshops. Recent activities; “In Madame’s Courtyard”, a play was a part of the Potpourri International Women’s Play Writers reading series; panelist at St Marks Poetry Project’s 50th Anniversary celebration and the focus on Umbra, a predominantly African American group of writers, visual artists and activists, during the late 50’s early 60’s on the Lower East Side, of which she was a member; a panelist during Women’s History Month at the Newark Museum and New Jersey Performance Centre, the topic was “African American Women in Media Arts” was a moderator of a discussion at the Brooklyn Public Library, looking at the book, “Whatever Happened to Interracial Love” by Kathleen Collins, recent publication by her daughter; organized tributes to Buchi Emecheta, Peter Abrahams and Derek Walcott at the Brooklyn Public Library.  Rashidah conducted a series of poetry workshops from her apartment in the fall and is planning a new series in February 2018, constructing personal histories. She is currently finishing a new novel in the trilogy; An African in New York. This will be a novel in linked stories.