New Voices poetry project, featuring New Immigrants to Concord

Monday, April 29th, 2019, 6 p.m.

Come to Gibson's Bookstore for an evening of poetry from different perspectives, as we host New Voices, Featuring New Immigrants to Concord, a project of  New Hampshire Humanities’ Connections program.  (More Info: Terry Farish,

In a New Voices reading, professional writers introduce and read with new American writers. New Hampshire Humanities created the writing and public reading initiative as an extension of the Connections book discussion program offered in adult ESOL classes across the state.

Reader Info: New Voices participants Nawras Altaher, Federica Odetti, Fatima Ejam, and Sophia Bomba will be reading their original poetry with New Hampshire poets Ewa Crusciel and Maura MacNeil.

Ewa Chrusciel is a poet, teacher and translator. She has three books of poems in English: Of Annunciations (Omnidawn 2017), Contraband of Hoopoe (Omnidawn 2014), Strata (Emergency Press 2009, reprinted by Omnidawn in April 2018), as well as three books in Polish: Tobołek, Sopiłki, Furkot. Her book Contraband of Hoopoe translated into Italian by Anna Aresi is forthcoming in Italy with Edizioni Ensemble in March 2019. Her newest book in English Of Annunciations is a series of prayers, laments, and lullabies addressing our current migration crises.

Maura MacNeil is the author of the poetry collections: A History of Water (Finishing Line Press, 2007), Lost Houses (Aldrich Press, 2016), and the forthcoming chapbook This Last Place (Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry, prose, and critical writing has been published and anthologized in numerous publications over the past three decades and she is founder of the website off the margins that features writing from women who “fearlessly tell the truth and risk vulnerability to give voice to their experience.” Maura is a professor of creative writing at New England College in Henniker, NH.

New Americans:

Nawras Altaher was born in Babylon, Iraq where she was a wife, mother and domestic artist. She arrived in the United States in 2010 with her husband and two children. She started her studies in Manchester at the NH Institute, and when she moved to Concord, NH she became a mother to a third child and resumed her studies through the Second Start program.  She is the granddaughter of Ali Jawad Altaher,  a famous Iraqi writer and scholar, and is continuing the family legacy of becoming a writer.

Sophia Bombia was born Poznan, Poland. She worked as a neurologist before she arrived in the United States two years ago and settled in Concord, NH. She is a Roman Catholic.

Federica Odetti was born and raised in a small town near Turin, Italy. She moved to the USA with her husband in May 2018, following their shared passion for knowing different cultures. After an education and a career built on numbers, Federica decided to explore new paths starting to play with words.

Fatima R Ejam is a student at Concord High School. She is a softball player on the freshman team.

Event date: 
Monday, April 29, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301