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Making Mirrors
Writing/Righting by and for Refugees
edited by Jehan Bseiso and Becky Thompson

published 2019 6" x 9" • 256 pages
ISBN 9781623719784 • paperback • $20.00


Making Mirrors began on two continents, envisioned by Palestinian poet and aid worker, Jehan Bseiso, and Becky Thompson, a US-based poet changed by months of greeting refugees after their perilous journey across the Aegean Sea.

This anthology uses mirrors to reflect imagistic connections that allow us to see ourselves in each other, those on rafts and those standing on the shore, those waiting/writing in detention and those writing from places of relative safety, those who lift their children to the sky and those whose bodies are at the bottom of the sea.

Making Mirrors offers a poetics of belonging—to the earth, family, and memories packed into backpacks. The poems go beyond refugee/citizen binaries and illuminate exile as a forced/creative space.

As the refugee crisis fades from the front page of newspapers, this collection is a plea against historical amnesia and inertia; the poems are an antidote that reaches beyond despair to renewed action.

Contributors include: Abbas Sheikhi • Abu Bakr Khaal • Adele Ne Jame • Ahmad Almallah • Ahmed • Qaisania • Angela Farmer • Baha’ Budair • Becky Thompson • Bronwen Griffiths • Eman Abedelhadi • Fadwa Soleiman • Fady Joudah • Fatima Al Hassan • Fouad Mohammed Fouad • Gbenga Adesina • Golan Haji • Hajer Almosleh • Hayan Charara • Ibtisam Barakat • Jehan Bseiso • Jose A. Alcantara • Lena Khalaf Tuffaha • Lisa Suhair Majaj • Marilyn Hacker • Marisa Frasca • Merna Ann Hecht • Mohsen Emadi • Mootacem Bellah Mhiri • Naomi Shihab Nye • Nathalie Handal • Nawwar Kamal Al Hassani • Nisreen Aj • Nora Barghati • Omar Mousa Alsayyed • Rewa Zeinati • Ruth Awad • Saad Abdullah • Sanaa Shuaybe • Sara Abou Rashed • Sara Saleh • Sharif S. Elmusa • Sholeh Wolpé • Zeina Azzam • Zeina Hashem Beck • Zoe Holman

Becky Thompson, Ph.D., is a poet, human rights activist, yogi, and professor. She is the author of several books, most recently, Teaching with Tenderness. Since 2015, Becky has been traveling to Greece, meeting rafts, documenting human rights violations, and teaching poetry workshops. 

Jehan Bseiso is a Palestinian poet and researcher who has been working with Doctors without Borders since 2008. Her co-authored book I Remember My Name (2016) was winner of the Palestine Book Awards.

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