Fatima Abdullah

I am the daughter of Chilean and Palestinian immigrants to the United States. I have grown up between North Carolina and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and attended North Carolina State University for college where I graduated with a B.A. in International Studies and minored in Art Studies. My life has been shaped by my parent’s stories, and the death of my father when I was 9. Poetry and Literature have always been a fixture in my life, and a legacy of my parents and grandparents, but it was not until I took a poetry class in my senior year of college that I began to take it more seriously. All my efforts, my studies, and my work have been an effort to connect with my heritage, both from my mom’s side and my dad’s. I am constantly in the process of learning Spanish and Arabic; this, combined with growing up in a household where we always listened to and read the Quran, has impacted how I view the world and create art and write poetry. I have plans to continue my education, ideally in Art History, in order to conduct research on Islamic and Arab history.

Participation at the 2018 West End Poetry Festival

  • Discussion and Reading | Saturday, October 20 | Carrboro Century Center

For a full schedule and descriptions of all sessions, see the festival schedule.