New Hampshire Humanities presents "New Voices Concord"

New Hampshire poets Maura MacNeil and Ewa Chrusciel read with four new immigrant writers to Concord in New Hampshire Humanities “New Voices” project. Nawras Altaher, Federica Odetti, Fatima Ejam and Sophia Bomba will present original poetry about home and the journeys of their lives.

“New Voices” is an extension of the New Hampshire Humanities' Connections reading and book discussion program, bringing an opportunity to students learning English to develop their own stories. Professional writers meet immigrant writers, learn from each other, edit words for power and clarity, and explore ways that bilingual writers bring new creativity to expression in English. In “New Voices” readings, writers introduce and read with new writers from around the world. Please come for readings, conversation, and refreshments. Free and open to the public.


Maura MacNeil is the author of the poetry collections: A History of Water (Finishing Line Press, 2007), Lost Houses (Aldrich Press, 2016), and the forthcoming chapbook This Last Place (Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry, prose, and critical writing has been published and anthologized in numerous publications over the past three decades and she is founder of the website off the margins that features writing and from women who “fearlessly tell the truth and risk vulnerability to give voice to their experience.” Maura is a professor of creative writing at New England College in Henniker, NH.

Ewa Chrusciel is a poet, teacher and translator. She has three books of poems in English: Of Annunciations (Omnidawn 2017), Contraband of Hoopoe (Omnidawn 2014), Strata (Emergency Press 2009, reprinted by Omnidawn in April 2018), as well as three books in Polish: Tobołek, Sopiłki, Furkot. Her book Contraband of Hoopoe translated into Italian by Anna Aresi is forthcoming in Italy with Edizioni Ensemble in March 2019. Her newest book in English, Of Annunciations, is a series of prayers, laments, and lullabies addressing our current migration crises.


Nawras Altaher was born in Babylon, Iraq where she was a wife, mother and domestic artist. She arrived in the United States in 2010 with her husband and two children. She started her studies in Manchester at the NH Institute, and when she moved to Concord, NH she became a mother to a third child and resumed her studies through the Second Start program. She is the granddaughter of Al Jawad Al Taher, a famous Iraqi writer and scholar, and is continuing the family legacy of becoming a writer.

Sophia Bombia was born Poznan, Poland. She worked as a neurologist before she arrived in the United States two years ago and settled in Concord, NH. She is a Roman Catholic.

Federica Odetti was born and raised in a small town near Turin, Italy. She moved to the USA with her husband in May 2018, following their shared passion for knowing different cultures. After an education and a career built on numbers, Federica decided to explore new paths starting to play with words.

Fatima R. Ejam is a student at Concord High School. She is a softball player on the freshman team and is 14 years old.