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 […]


Literary Hub By Tamiko Byer October 5, 2018 Bushra Rehman  “Writing from life can be a tricky business,” notes Rehman. It’s an art that Rehman has deftly honed in both her poetry and fiction, and which she teaches in her long-running “Two Truths and a Lie” course. Rehman’s novel, Corona, and her recent poetry collection, […]


Publisher’s Weekly September 2018 In Rehman’s debut collection, indelible truths permeate slice-of-life recollections and blustery fantasies of desire. Alienation and intimacy, a sensation of stasis, and the comforts of a Queens immigrant household all mark the speaker’s physical and emotional universe. Rehman sardonically illuminates social shifts, such as the tensions of a world kept at […]

Author: Bushra Rehman

The Queens Tribune By Thomas Moody August 2018 In the final chapter of Corona, Bushra Rehman’s debut novel, a bread truck breaks down on a cold Queens winter night on the street the neighborhood has unofficially reserved for abandoned cars. What seems like the whole of Corona looks on from their houses, waiting to see […]

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 in Feminist Wire

By Shubhra Sharma October 30, 2013 ““I am not that kind of an Indian,” says Razia Mirza, thus uttering all that can and needs to be said. In Bushra Rehman’s new collection of short stories, Corona–and no, she is “not talking about the beer,” but rather Corona, New York—the author foregrounds the category called experience […]

*Corona* * a dark comedy about being South Asian in the United States*

The Endless Baptism of Palestine

For the last few months, I’ve been working on a series of essays on Palestine. I’ve now written and erased my words until there is nothing left but the original title of the series. It could fit on a button: “Islamophobia is not the answer to Anti-Semitism.” —-Eventually, the title too had to be scratched. […]