Samar Abulhassan reading at Jack Straw

Lena – Samar Abulhassan

2019 Jack Straw Writer Samar Abulhassan’s poetry project unites several different bodies of work: in particular, a project called “Lena,” set near bodies of water. In her conversation with curator Kathleen Flenniken, they discuss the relationship between writing and listening, writing and movement, and the parts of our identity that sometimes stay hidden in the background. “How do we open up space for the parts that we send away or are just too way deep for us to even know that they are missing?”

Music by The Bird Tribe Orchestra, produced as part of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.