Some Things Never Leave You is Zeina Azzam’s first full-length poetry collection. It is intended for a general audience. She writes about the refugee and immigrant experiences, cultural identity and memory, and the depth and meaning of human connections. Azzam’s approach is ultimately redemptive and joyful; she celebrates resilience, how loving relationships nourish us, and how nature can offer us spiritual solace.
This author talk will center around Azzam's newly published collection of poems. She will read her work and contextualize each poem within her life experiences, especially as a child of refugees and an immigrant to the United States herself. The reading will introduce Alexandria’s Poet Laureate and her recently published work to new audiences, and she will reserve time at the end for questions. Copies of the book will be available for sale, if attendees are interested in purchasing them.
This event is presesented in partnership by The Burke Branch Friends, The Congregational Library Association and Hooray for Books.