Discipline: Spoken Word
Homebase: Nelson, BC
Regions Available: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley &, Howe Sound, Interior, North, Remote, Kootenays
Zaynab Mohammed is an award-winning professional performance poet. She was born in Vancouver BC, to immigrant parents fleeing war torn countries. Inspired by the hardships her family has endured, her writing touches on what is possible in the realms of healing and creating new ways forward. She is a visionary creative who has been healing herself through the written word, by sharing her story and by giving her audience reflections into self-love and self-empowerment. To learn more about her work visit her website: www.zaynabmohammed.com.
School Year: 23-24
Discipline: Theatre, Storytelling, Spoken Word
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: 8 - 12
Duration: 60 minutes
Tech Requirements: I can provide my own wireless mic. The school will need a PA system (speakers) capable of handling a standard wireless mic.
Available Formats: In Person
A journey of sound, sight and story. How one woman loses her innocence at a young age due to cultural inequity, whilst navigating a terrain foreign to her ancestors. Being displaced, moved from land, uprooted, is intergenerational. How does a young woman who’s been colonised for centuries free herself? This is her story. She finds her freedom by leaning on the art of listening to herself, to others and to the earth. A carefully woven tapestry of transforming pain into beauty, into magic, into possibility. She uncovers a quenching truth that gives her access to what she lost as a child; her innocence.
"In my time knowing and working with Zaynab, I have appreciated the passion she brings to her craft, and the generosity with which she brings the full breadth of her skills to every opportunity. I have valued her clarity of purpose in posing questions about parameters, designing a path forward and verifying that her direction will serve the big picture." Andrea Mann, Aboriginal Education SD8
"I continue to find her concept compelling and necessary in a time when there is so much noise and disinformation; her presence in a room and innate quietude are unusual and position her to undertake this work in a unique way. I look forward to seeing what she produces because I think it will be something we have not seen before and will resonate with people in this turbulent time." Eleanor Stacy, The Civic Theatre - Executive Director
"I firmly believe that Zaynab has the heart, the skill, and the depth to weave together a performance that will richly bless her audiences. We all need to slow down and hear the wisdom Zaynab has gained through listening about listening. We need this work more than ever." Shayna Jones, Performance Artist, founder of WeAreStoryfolk