Join us for a night of poetry celebrating the work of the late Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore. In this session, Singapore-based poets will recite poems from his oeuvre, joined (via ZOOM) by Medina Tenour Whiteman, a poet based in Grenada, Spain, who will speak about Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore and his legacy. This event also marks the publication of a post-humous collection of Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore’s poems, From a Shore Beyond Water.
Organised with Layl ash-Shayr, this is a free event. Registration is required.
Date: 16 November 2023, Thursday
Time: 8.00 pm Singapore
Venue: Reading Loft (Level 2, stairs only) Wardah Books, 58 Bussorah Street S(199474)
Registration required. Click here to register.
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About Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
Born in 1940 in Oakland, California, Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore had his first book of poems, Dawn Visions, published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books, San Francisco, in 1964, and the second in 1972, Burnt Heart/Ode to the War Dead. He created and directed The Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company in Berkeley, California in the late 60s, and presented two major productions, The Walls Are Running Blood, and Bliss Apocalypse. He became a Sufi Muslim in 1970, performed the Hajj in 1972, and lived and traveled throughout Morocco, Spain, Algeria and Nigeria, landing in California and publishing The Desert is the Only Way Out, and Chronicles of Akhira in the early 80s (Zilzal Press).
Residing in Philadelphia since 1990, in 1996 he published The Ramadan Sonnets (Jusoor/City Lights), and in 2002, The Blind Beekeeper (Jusoor/Syracuse University Press). He was poetry editor for translations of The Burdah of Shaykh Busiri and the work of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, as well as Seasons Journal and Islamica Magazine. In 2011, 2012 and 2014 he was a winner of the Nazim Hikmet Prize for Poetry. In 2013 he won an American Book Award, and in 2013 and 2014 was listed among The 500 Most Influential Muslims for his poetry.
About Medina Tenour Whiteman
She is a British-American Muslim writer, poet and singer based near Granada in Spain. She is the author of the poetry collection Love is a Traveller and We Are Its Path (Ecstatic Exchange, 2016), Huma’s Travel Guide to Islamic Spain (2016), and The Invisible Muslim: Journeys Through Whiteness and Islam (Hurst, 2020). Her work has appeared on BBC Radio and in Critical Muslim, Sacred Footsteps, Amaliah, and other international platforms, as well as being anthologised in A Kaleidoscope of Stories by Lote Tree Press. She is cofounder of the Muslim Writers’ Salon and regularly holds creative writing workshops online and in person.