Extended Artist Bio:

George Abraham is a Palestinian-American Poet, Author, and Engineering PhD candidate at Harvard University. He is the author of the poetry collection Birthright (Button Poetry 2020), as well as the chapbooks al youm: for yesterday & her inherited traumas, winner of the Atlas Review's 2017 chapbook contest, and the specimen's apology, forthcoming with Sibling Rivalry Press in 2019. He is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, the Poetry Foundation Incubator, the Watering Hole, and Brooklyn Poets, and is the winner of the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, selected by Tommy Pico, as well as the title of "Best Poet" at the 2017 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. His poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals including The Paris Review, Tin House, Boston Review, the Rumpus, Beloit Poetry Jourbal, LitHub, Nashville Review, Washington Square Review, Mizna, Puerto del Sol, and anthologies such as Nepantla, Bettering American Poetry, Beyond Memory: an Anthology of Arab American Creative Nonfiction, and the Ghassan Kanafani Palestinian Literature Anthology. He is currently a reader & editor for Muzzle Magazine and the Atlas Review,  as well as a founding editor of Lion Lost PressHe has competed in several poetry slam competitions, including the Individual World Poetry Slam, National Poetry Slam, and College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (where he placed 2nd internationally in 2016). He is a Puschart Prize, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net nominee, and a recipient of the Lois Morrell Poetry Prize, and the Favianna Rodriguez Award for Artistic Activism. He currently lives in Boston, where he serves as a teaching artist mentoring the University of Massachusetts - Boston CUPSI team. 

Riverside Arts Market, Jacksonville

Riverside Arts Market, Jacksonville

Reading from my debut chapbook, Emotion Sickness at Jacksonville's largest outdoor arts market!

CUPSI 2014 - Boulder, CO

CUPSI 2014 - Boulder, CO

I competed for Swarthmore College in the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational in 2014 at Boulder, CO.

OASIS Poetry Showcase - Swarthmore

OASIS Poetry Showcase - Swarthmore

I am a member of Our Art Spoken in Soul - Swarthmore College's Spoken Art Collective.

the Poet's House - WTR MENA Reading

the Poet's House - WTR MENA Reading

I read alongside Hazem Fahmy, Adam Hamze, Jess Rizkallah, Marwa Helal, Safia Elhillo, and Noura Jaber at the Winter Tangerine Review's Middle Eastern/North African Poetry Reading at the Poet's House, NYC

NPS 2015 - Oakland, CA

NPS 2015 - Oakland, CA

I performed as a member of Philadelphia Fuze's National Poetry Slam team, who were semifinalists placing 7th nationally.

Union Square Slam

Union Square Slam

Based in Philly, I perform all around the northeast in cities including New York, Boston, and DC.

Busboys and Poets Feature

Busboys and Poets Feature

I featured at Busboys and Poets, Shirlington as a for their monthly open mic!

CUPSI 2015 - Richmond, VA

CUPSI 2015 - Richmond, VA

Me performing alongside Julian Randall at CUPSI 2015 Semifinals!

Book George Abraham for:

  • Live Shows 

    • George Abraham’s work brings Palestinian narratives to stages all across the world, and captivates audience members of all ages and backgrounds.  

  • Workshops

    • As a nationally acclaimed poet and teaching artist for programs such as University of Massachusetts Boston and the Speakeasy Project, George has years of teaching and writing experience, helping poets from marginalized backgrounds grow and develop. Workshop options include:

      • Intertwining the Personal & the Political

      • Subverting Oppressive Language through Poetic Form

      • Accessing Voice and QPOC/diasporic Intersections

      • Resurrecting Lineage & Ancestry through Voice

      • Arts and Activism in America

      • and more! Email for inquiries and more options!

  • Hosting 

    • George has hosted live Spoken Word poetry events for years, as a leader of multiple slam organizations, and provides a dynamic, energetic, and welcoming MC experience for your event!

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