A Reading & Writing Workshop with Bushra Rehman
Alumni Library, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, 4 p.m.

Corona-TRUE5x8-100dpiBushra Rehman will read from Corona, her new novel about the misadventures of Razia Mirza, a young Pakistani woman from Corona, Queens. When Razia is ex-communicated from her Muslim community, she hits the road, but it doesn’t take her long to realize that traveling as a woman is very different than traveling as Jack Kerouac. Following the reading and discussion, Rehman will lead a workshop on writing from life, which can be a tricky business when there are people to protect, faulty memories of events, and the pitfalls of self-censorship and self-aggrandizement. Together, we will write, inspired by both the truths and lies of our lives.

Bushra Rehman. Credit Jaishri Abichandani

Bushra Rehman. Credit Jaishri Abichandani

Bushra Rehman’s mother says Bushra was born in an ambulance flying through the streets of Brooklyn. Her father is not so sure, but it would explain a few things. Bushra was a vagabond poet who traveled for years with nothing more than a Greyhound ticket and a bookbag full of poems. Her first novel Corona is inspired by these adventures. Corona is a dark comedy about being South Asian in the United States and was noted by Poets & Writers as one of 2013’s Best Works of Debut Fiction. Rehman was also co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism which was included in Ms. Magazine’s 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.