Staying Right Here


Usman Hameedi, 2023


Usman Hameedi’s debut collection, Staying Right Here, is a journey in finding home. Hameedi invites readers to bear witness to vignettes of joy and hardship as he navigates finding his place in America.

From an ode to Bodegas, an autobiography of his eyebrows, and elegies for lost friends, Hameedi’s thematic metaphors for family, wellness, and American biases weave a literary tapestry.

Reading Usman’s work is like drinking a warm chai while watching the sunset in Brooklyn, or coming home to an aromatic Biryani. In his first poetry collection, Hameedi writes with an unmistakably unique voice that is not afraid of who he is.

Staying Right Here is for those who have looked for themselves in media and only seen a one-dimensional character staring back at them.

About Usman Hameedi

Usman Hameedi is a Pakistani-American scientist, poet, educator. He also serves on Mass Poetry’s Board of Directors. Since 2008, he has competed in and coached for collegiate, national, and international level poetry slams. Usman has been featured on… MORE

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Weight6.2 oz
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × .375 in

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Publication Date

April 4, 2023

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Author Hometown

Malden, Massachusetts



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