A key figure in the South Asian American literary and Women of Color feminist circles, Bushra Rehman is a writer and speaker of tremendous power. Her connection with audiences comes from years of sharing her distinct brand of storytelling, political writing, and poetry. Bushra’s lectures include her popular writing workshop series, “Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction.” In her talks and workshops, she discusses her journey to editing the seminal work on feminism Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism, and writing the cult hit, Corona, a dark comedy about a Pakistani woman from Queens. Students will learn about the Muslim American feminist experience and how writing can be utilized to overcome personal challenges and build community.
Bushra co-edited the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism, a seminal work on race and American feminism. Colonize This! 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, Bushra and her co-editor Daisy Hernández are releasing an updated edition of Colonize This!.
Bushra’s novel, Corona, is a dark comedy about Razia Mirza, a young Pakistani woman growing up in a tight-knit Muslim community in Corona, Queens. Corona was named by Poets & Writers as one of the year’s works of “Best Debut Fiction” and featured in the LA Review of Books as a work of ground-breaking South Asian American Literature. A cult classic, the novel is taught in Asian-American studies programs around the country. Bushra’s latest work is a collection of poems titled Marianna’s Beauty Salon. Bushra is currently working on her first Young Adult novel, forthcoming from Tor Books, an imprint of Macmillan.