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A lifelong poet, Rashed began addressing issues of place and identity in Arabic before relocating to the U.S. Once she learned English (accomplished, in part, by translating the words to Homer’s Odyssey, one of her first reading assignments at Centennial), her poetry shifted languages, eventually coming to the attention of Larry Smith, founder of the Six Word Project, who’s been a staunch advocate ever since.

Rashed has shared poetry and told her story at TEDx events and other conferences in places including New Orleans, Cincinnati, New York City and in Boston, at Harvard University’s Public Policy and Leadership Conference. She will speak in September in Athens, Greece, at the Athens Democracy Forum. READ MORE »