Raised between Zarqa, Jordan and Philadelphia Ndeen Al-Barqawi (she/her) is a vocally charged Queer Palestinian Woman. She utilizes poetry and performance as a vehicle for self expression and to engage her communities through arts education. Ndeen's work chronicles her journey -- from being born in displacement to becoming a US Citizen.
Ndeen's poetry is both personal and political -- shining a light on what it means to be a Queer Muslim, a Palestinian Woman and a refugee. Having her work acknowledged by the U.S. Ambassador of Palestine, Ndeen is also a three time International Poetry Slam Performer and placed fourth in the 2017 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Competition. She has performed at colleges and universities such as Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Ndeen has been featured at diverse venues and events, such as Temple University's "Global Hip Hop and the New Muslim Culture" Conference, the Queers Were Here Art Gallery Opening, and the Philadelphia March for Humanity. Most recently she was a key performer for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Pop Up Convention. Beyond the city of Philadelphia, Ndeen has given performances centered around queerness, Islam, Palestine, mental health, and immigration in cities around the U.S.
"Ndeen has a rare and beautiful ability to bring the audience into her world with her words-- to get a glimpse of what it means to be a queer Palestinian Muslim woman. Her performances are at once both vulnerable and powerful, and the narratives she weaves with her poetry performances are unforgettable."
-Shereen Masoud-Jointe, Temple University