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Book Release: The Geology of Being by Yasmin Safdie

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Join us for the release of The Geology of Being!


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Featuring Yasmin Safdie

With Guest Poets 

Virginia Bulacio
Anastasia Fenald
Tichina Ward-Pratt


Hosted by Hiram Sims
Includes Open Mic in collaboration with Community Literature Initiative's USC Chapter

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About the Author

Yasmin Safdie was born in Israel and grew up in Argentina and Brazil before arriving to the United States at the age of 15. She has dedicated her career as a psychotherapist to working with populations who have been historically marginalized and underserved. In both her professional life and her poetry, she is guided by a personal commitment to social justice, cultural humility, the belief in dignity and worth of every human life.

About The Geology of Being

In The Geology of Being, Yasmin Safdie processes, questions, and challenges her inner and outer experiences of navigating the world. Zooming into inter and intrapersonal dynamics, this debut collection of poetry also zooms out to macrosocio-political-cultural structures, exploring how they impact humanity and the experience of being human.

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Praise for The Geology of Being

The instant I encountered Yasmin Safdie’s poetry, I was captivated by the tinsel of her language. These poems probe with questions and pulse with lyricism, offering both insightful cultural critiques as well as compassionate portraits of others. Unafraid to tackle a spectrum of topics, there is something for everyone in these pages.
— Megan Falley, author of Drive Here and Devastate Me


Yasmin’s poetry is a healing balm to all open wounds we cannot see. Her writing is full of patience, both beckoning and planting within the reader a kindness not often experienced in the everyday. The Geology of Being is a menagerie of carefully crafted jewels wrapped in stanzas, asking and asking for your opening, for your breakthrough. I find these poems to be a living therapy — a recovery offered in sentences that all of us need to read.
— Hiram Sims, founder of Sims Library of Poetry


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