Christine Richardson, the co-host of Willow Glen Poetry, introduced January’s featured reader, Tamam Kahn with these words:
Welcome to the start of another year for the Third Thursday Willow Glen Poetry Readings. Throughout the years of presentations we have tried to honor the primary purpose for our existence: to hold a caring community space for the many rich poetic voices from here and afar. Tonight we are so pleased to have a poet return to us who exemplifies our goal of inclusiveness. With her first book, Untold, A History of the Wives of Prophet Mohammad, our featured reader, Tamam Kahn informed and delighted us. Again we will be enriched by Tamam’s work as she has brought us her new book Fatima’s Touch, Poems and Stories of the Prophet’s Daughter.
Tamam has traveled and read in many cities in the Middle East, India, and North Africa and well as here in the United States. She has devoted many years doing extensive research into early Islamic history. How fitting that as women across this continent prepare to make their voices heard, we will learn about the life of a strong, vibrant woman of the 7th century relayed to us through the voice of a strong, vibrant and charming woman of the 21st century. Please join me in welcoming back Tamam Kahn.