In a time where there’s much to be outraged about, poet and organizer, Amal Kassir, questions whether her anger is the most effective tool in making change.
Amal Kassir is a Syrian American international spoken word poet who started as a waitress at her family’s restaurant in Denver, CO. She has performed in 13 countries, and over five dozen cities, including Geneva at the United Nations. She has lectured, performed poetry and taught workshops in venues ranging from orphanages to refugee camps to youth prisons to universities to city sidewalks.
Amal designed her own undergraduate major, titled Community Programming in Social Psychology, where she has been able to create programs for a range of causes and communities, from businesses threatened by gentrification to poetry workshops for refugee students to counter-terrorism websites for the department of homeland security and she is now working on her first book.
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