THE RUMPUS By Tamiko Byer October 31st, 2018 Poet, novelist, and teaching artist Bushra Rehman knows a Queens bully when she sees one. In her first novel, Corona, and now in her new poetry collection, Marianna’s Beauty Salon, Rehman depicts a tough and tender New York City. Her writing is rooted in her experience of […]

Marianna’s Beauty Salon: Two Poems by Bushra Rehman

The Margins  The moon appears / the small clip of a nail a paring knife / a chalk mark / left to linger in the sky pmonaghan/Flickr The Difference It’s the difference between whether you talk to the girl or not whether you carry the moon home in the seat of your pants burning and […]

Corona Halal Meats

The Margins The masjid wasn’t even close to finished, but our fathers were starting from the top and were building their way down. Image by Conrad Chua In June, days after the Supreme Court lifted legal blocks on President Trump’s Muslim Ban save those with “bona fide relationships” to the United States, we asked writers […]

Among the Rockets: New York Times

New York Times, Walker in NY series The streets of Corona swell with Muslims — men and young boys in new salwar kameez, sent special from family in Pakistan; women and girls, too, in reds, aquas and silvers, the kind usually found in the tails of mermaids and peacocks. We are headed early in the […]

Corona: The Soundtrack

RAZIA MIRZA ON CORONA: THE (IMAGINARY) FILM SCORE “CORONA is filled with music, whether it’s references to specific artists (I tortured my fellow passengers on a road trip by bringing mix CDs that only contained Tom Waits) or entire underground music scenes (I fell hard for a Bengali mathematician I met at Basement Bhangra). The […]

Corona reviewed in The Four Quarters Magazine

“WHEN THE POLITICAL IS PERSONAL AND THE PAST, CONTINUOUS” By Bhaswati Ghosh December 8, 2013 “For second-generation immigrants born to South Asian immigrant parents in the Western world, life is a two-fold quest. While their parents float in self-created bubbles by popping open the time capsules in which they arrive from their home country, the […]

Corona reviewed in the Village Voice

“Q&A: Queens Native Bushra Rehman On Her Debut Novel and Growing Up Pakistani Muslim in Queens” By Heather Baysa July 31, 2013 “Bushra Rehman’s first novel, Corona, is a fragmented, poetic, on-the-road adventure told from the perspective of the charismatic Razia Mirza. After coming of age in a tight Muslim community surrounding the first Sunni […]

Corona Reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly

Razia, our Desi born heroine begins life in Corona, Queens, a neighborhood once referred to by F. Scott Fitzgerald as the “Valley of Ashes.” From there she starts a journey that has her giving historical tours in Salem, M.A., where her darkness aggravates donors and history buffs, smoking pot in the tenderloin of San Francisco […]

Corona reviewed in The Cornell Sun

By Madeline Salinas “Ultimately, in Corona, Rehman’s strategy is to convey the complex gender dynamics of her culture by telling a variety of different stories, each exploring a different perspective on the relationships between men and women in relationships and families. To the colored women writers in the audience, Rehman says, “The more of us […]

Corona reviewed in B*tch Magazine

By Kjerstin Johnson “Rehman uses humorous and honest powers of observation to tell more about America than any academic book, and reminds us that we come of age our entire lives.” Buy the Issue today!