Meet the creative Samaa Ahmed!

SM-h_O_ztamaa is a transnational/diasporic Pakistani artist and poet. She blogs about politics, pop-culture, and post-colonial feminism at and is the founder of ARTBOX Toronto.

What was your entrance into writing poetry and what made you want to stay?

I used to write a lot of poetry growing up, especially when I was an angsty teenager. It was such a great way for me to get my feelings out, and although it was really melodramatic stuff, I enjoy re-reading it and appreciate how productive of a release it was. After a really long gap, I started writing poetry again through Outburst in October 2015.

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(Samaa is one of our performers at “Volume: Sisters Make Noise” happening on May 25th! Don’t miss out! Reserve your tickets HERE)

Volume: Sisters Make Noise!


Outburst! presents “Volume: Sisters Make Noise.” Join us for an evening of spoken word, poetry and song as we look to our past and the things we leave behind. The evening will also feature the launch of our 4th poetry book: Homebound IIII

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is FREE. Tickets are limited so we encourage youto get your tickets soon! ***In the event of tickets being sold out, If you are unable to make it, please let us know so we can offer your ticket to someone else.

To get tickets, click HERE 

Event hashtag: #SistersMakeNoise

MC’s: Nari and Dumo

Performer list coming soon!

Accessibility: The Daniels Spectrum is fully accessible, including the washrooms. We support a fragnance free environment at our events.

This event is presented by Outburst! and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic as well as SpeakSudan

This event is funded by the Toronto Arts Council and the City of Toronto.

***Outburst! and our community partners would like to acknowledge the generous support of Artscape for their contributions to our use of their facilities***

Homebound: Poetry & Spoken Word Workshops for Young Muslim Women

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“Homebound” is a nine-session poetry, spoken word, and editing workshop series that will explore the theme “The Future We Build”. This workshop will be an opportunity to learn from our Muslim women artists, be mentored by our amazing facilitators in the art of writing, performance and editing, and finally, write about, celebrate and share our experiences with our fellow Muslim women peers; all done in a space that is safe and free of judgment. In “Homebound” we seek to inspire, support, and have fun!

Not only do you get a FREE arts-based poetry workshop, everyone in Homebound has an opportunity to learn from Warsan Shire at a day-long poetry retreat, be published in our 3rd Muslim women poetry collection as well as perform on stage in front of their community at the beautiful Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park! How amazing is that?

The workshops are open to anyone (16-29) who self-identifies as a Muslim woman through the spectrum of familial, spiritual, political, cultural, and ancestral connections.

Workshops dates are:

Sept 27 – 1-4pm (writing)
Oct 11 – (all day writing and arts retreat with Warsan Shire)
Oct 25 – 1-4 (writing / exploration)
Nov 8 – 1-4 (writing / exploration)
Nov 22 – 1-4 (writing / exploration)
Dec 6 – 1-4 (editing 1)
Jan 10th – 1-4 (editing 2)
Feb 7 – 1-4 (editing 3)
March 28 – 1-4 (final touches and mini-celebration)

Participants have access to:
-TTC tokens
-Childcare (upon 48 request)
-Language Interpreters (including ASL) available (upon 4 day request)
-Opportunity to be published as well as perform
-Mentorship from established Muslim women poets & writers

Pre-registration is required please contact us to register 416-323-9149 ext 268 or and we will send you a short registration form to complete. The registration application deadline is Monday September 15th.

Homebound is generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Outburst! Crush: Hawa Abdullah, Poet & Performer

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A performer at this year’s “Volume: Sisters Make Noise”, Hawa Abdullah has sustained a passion for poetry from a young age. She is a Tanzanian Canadian, with a background in philosophy and anthropology. Hawa believes in the transformative power of art and in the potential for poetry to connect to the hearts and minds of others. She currently shares her words with community through writing and performance. Hawa is also one of the poets featured in our second poetry book: Homebound II/Storytellers I: Muslim Women’s Poetry Collection; and she exhibited at (mus)interpreted Muslim women art gallery show at the Daniels Spectrum!

#SupportOutburst this Ramadan by donating to: to allow us to continue to offer programming like our Homebound poetry workshops and creating opportunities for young Muslim women to create and share with their communities.