Publishing May 7 2022
These Six Muslim Women Met At MIT. Now, They’re Publishing A Poetry Collection.
From the scents of a bustling street market in India to the warmth of stories rooted in Venezuela to snippets of college days shared at MIT, the poetry in this book features an ache for grounds no longer walked upon. With a range of distinct styles and voices, the poets’ nuanced self-expression amounts to a piece that is both a prayer and a rebellion. Their words, introspective and reminiscing, witty and thoughtful, are an ode to that which makes them who they are and where they come from.
Simultaneously, their voices are a rejection of dangerous stigmas, cultural taboos, and oppressive systems. In both verse and image, Our Ancestors Did Not Breathe This Air is a bold and unfiltered collection recounting moments, tears, and dreams that have been generations in the making.
Now medical students and graduate students by day, the poets hope their anthology will foster empathy and mutual reciprocity for the many intersectional facets they encapsulate. Copies can be pre-ordered from our publisher at the below pre-order link.