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 outburst@schliferclinic.com 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: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/outburst-young-muslim-women-s-project-ramadan-campaign 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.

Volume: Sisters Make Noise – An Evening of Reflection and Celebration.

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On the evening of May 22nd, Outburst! alongside our project partners SpeakSudan, Renaissance Project and Gashanti Unity, hosted Volume: Sisters Make Noise. This evening was a celebration of young Muslim women artists, poets, singers and spoken word & hip hop artists. It was also the launch of our second poetry book: Homebound II/Storytellers I: Young Muslim Women’s Poetry Collection. This book features the voices and words of young women who participated in our two poetry workshop series this past year: Homebound and Storytellers. Never have we witnessed such a dynamic and vibrant mixture of young women in our community taking up space and making some serious NOISE!

Sharing the stage with so many powerful, vulnerable, and loving womyn. MASHALLAH! All the love and support from my friends and the guests that journeyed with us – Volume Performer

Events like Volume are a reminder to us at Outburst! the importance of having these spaces available to our community; so young Muslim women can come together and create, celebrate and join in sisterhood. Witnessing this event reaffirmed for us that we need to provide these platforms for creative expression to occur. This is why the Outburst! Young Muslim Women’s Project Ramadan Campaign is so necessary. Funds raised will allow for us to continue to offer opportunities like Volume next year. It will allow for us to continue to hold FREE poetry, spoken word, mixed media, photography workshops for young Muslim women; arts retreats with celebrated & award-winning poet Warsan Shire and a research symposium for young Muslim women talking about the issues that affect us. In return for your generous donation, we are offering some incredible perks!

Donate to our Indiegogo campaign HERE.

*Outburst! would also like to thank the wonderful caterers at CaterToronto for their delicious it-tastes-like-home food; for the generous support of Artscape for their contributions to our use of their facilities and finally Elevated Moments for taking these awesome pictures: 

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Volume: Sisters Make Noise! A night of performances by young Muslim women in poetry, spoken word, music and dance

Volume: Sisters Make Noise! Join us at Volume: Sisters Make Noise! A night of performances by young Muslim women in poetry, spoken word, music and dance

Event hosted by Yusra Khogali

Performances included:
Shadi Eskandani

Celebration of the launch of Homebound/Storytellers Poetry Book


  • ASL will be provided for the event as well as captioning
  • The space is wheelchair accessible including the washrooms
  • We support a fragrance free environment.

Presented by: Outburst! & the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, Renaissance Project; Gashanti Unity and SpeakSudan

Funded by: ArtReach Toronto, Canadian Women’s Foundation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation

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