Amal Kassir is a Syrian-American international spoken word poet. She is a 2012 Brave New Voices International Slam Champion with Denver’s Minor Disturbance, and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, PBS Newshour, Colorado Public Radio, Westword Magazine and the Denver Post.
Based in Denver, Colorado, Amal attends university full time and teaches workshops to communities across Denver. She performs nationally and internationally throughout the semester, while picking up a shift or two at her family’s Damascus Restaurant.
Amal has performed in eight countries and more than 25 cities, from youth prisons to orphanages to refugee camps. Her work in the community involves humanitarian initiatives for Syria, speaking out and organizing against Islamophobia, and empowering the voices of the marginalized through writing and speaking. She organizes demonstrations, vigils, fundraisers and other educational events in Colorado.