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Bushra Rehman  

Cultural Activist & Writer

Bushra Rehman is writer and cultural activist. She co-edited the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism has been described by Ms. Magazine as one of the “100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time,” by Vibe magazine as “13 Books Every Mujerista & Womanist Should Read” and on Buzzfeed as one of 19 Books “On Intersectionality That Taylor Swift Should Read.” In 2019, Rehman and her coeditor Daisy Hernández are releasing an updated edition of Colonize This! for our current political moment.

Rehman’s first novel, Corona, a dark comedy about being Muslim American has become a cult classic and is taught in Asian-American studies programs around the country. Of Corona, novelist Karen Russell wrote: “Rehman’s hot-blooded, ferociously funny, and deeply sensitive protagonist ...is about to gleefully dynamite every narrow stereotype you might have about a young Pakistani woman.”

Rehman’s collection of poems, Marianna’s Beauty Salon is a “love poem for Muslim girls, Queens, and immigrants making sense of their foreign home--and surviving.” Rehman’s first YA novel, Corona: Stories of a Queens Girlhood, is forthcoming from Tor Books, an imprint of Macmillan.

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