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Mx Yaffa: Blood Orange
Mx Yaffa: Blood Orange

Sun, Mar 17

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Salt Lake City

Mx Yaffa: Blood Orange

Join us for a poetry reading and discussion centering Palestinian voices.

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Time & Location

Mar 17, 2024, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Salt Lake City, 511 W 200 S Suite 120, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA

About the Event

This event is a poetry reading and open discussion with Yaffa, an acclaimed trans Muslim displaced Indigenous Palestinian. Their writings probe the yearning for home, belonging, mental health, queerness, transness, and other dimensions of marginalization while nurturing dreams of utopia against the background of ongoing displacement and genocide of indigenous Palestinians. 

Come listen to the work of poet, activist and social organizer, Yaffa. They will be reading from their poetry collection, Blood Orange for Palestine, and leading a discussion on current events.

This event is free and open to all. RSVP is strongly encrouaged!

We will have many items up for raffle from local artists, educators & consultants.

$5 a ticket or 3 tickets for $10

All proceeds go to @themasgd (Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity) for distribution to queer & trans Palestinians and those most directly affected by ongoing genocides.

About Mx. Yaffa

Mx. Yaffa is an acclaimed disabled, autistic, trans, queer, Muslim, and indigenous Palestinian individual who has received multiple awards for their transformative work around displacement, decolonization, equity, and centering the lived experiences of individuals most impacted by injustice.

Yaffa has been an organizer for most of their life, working with the most marginalized communities across environmental, social, and economic justice sectors. They have supported hundreds of organizations in over a dozen countries, focusing on transformative base/power building and community care. Their work spans organizations, towns, cities, municipalities, and federal governments, as well as supporting individuals coming together as grassroots organizers. Yaffa has helped incubate dozens of grassroots organizations worldwide and trains organizers in vision building, funding strategies, direct action, strategic planning, utopia building, transformative justice, disability justice, and mental health care.

Yaffa is also a visual artist and writer. Their artwork has been featured at various art events, and their debut poetry collection, "Blood Orange," is currently available. Their writings explore themes of home, belonging, mental health, queerness, transness, and other aspects of marginalization, all while dreaming of utopia against the backdrop of ongoing displacement and genocide of indigenous Palestinians. Their forthcoming queer and trans Palestinian Utopia anthology is set to be released on March 25, 2024.

You can find Mx. Yaffa at @yaffasutopia on Instagram, Tiktok, and Yaffa’s Linktree.

About Blood Orange for Palestine

"Blood Orange" is a highly emotional, important and timely poetry collection by Mx. Yaffa (They/She), a trans Muslim displaced Indigenous Palestinian. Their writings probe the yearning for home, belonging, mental health, queerness, transness, and other dimensions of marginalization while nurturing dreams of utopia against the background of ongoing displacement and genocide of indigenous Palestinians.

"Blood Orange"- the title an homage to the Yaffa Oranges (which were appropriated first by the British and subsequently by Israel) refers to the author themselves, their homeland and blood spilled in the name of settler colonialism.

This highly charged and cathartic body of work confronts the anguish and loss inflicted by genocide but also embraces a vision of a world free of it. The poems within "Blood Orange" were a means of working through and processing the grief caused by recent events and serve as an act of protest and defiance against settler colonialism as a whole.

You can pick up your copy of Blood Orange for Palestine here: Under the Umbrella Bookstore - Blood Orange for Palestine

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