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Available sept 14 2021

Umbilical Cord

Book of Poetry


Lambda Literary and Stonewall Book Award-winner Hasan Namir shares a joyful collection about parenting, fatherhood and hope. These warm free-verse poems document the journey that he and his husband took to have a child. Between love letters to their young son, Namir shares insight into his love story with his husband, the complexities of the IVF surrogacy process and the first year as a family of three. Umbilical Cord is a heartfelt book for parents or would be parents, with a universal message of hope.

By Hasan Namir


The Name I Call Myself

Children’s Book

Selected as one of the best Canadian picture books of 2020 by CBC, The Name I Call Myself depicts Ari’s gender journey from childhood to adolescence in order to discover who they really are.

Throughout this beautiful and engaging picture book, we watch Ari grow up before our very eyes as they navigate the ins and outs of their gender identity

Moving from age six to adolescence, The Name I Call Myself touchingly depicts Edward’s tender, solitary gender journey to Ari: a new life distinguished and made meaningful by self-acceptance and unconditional love.

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By Hasan Namir


Book of Poetry

Lambda Literary Award-winner and best Canadian Poetry Book Hasan Namir’s debut collection of poetry, War / Torn, is a brazen and lyrical interrogation of religion and masculinity—the performance and sense of belonging they delineate and draw together. Namir summons prayer, violence, and the sensuality of love, revisiting tenets of Islam and dictates of war to break the barriers between the profane and the sacred.

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God in Pink


The debut book by Hasan Namir is a revelatory novel about being queer and Muslim, set in war-torn Iraq in 2003. Ramy is a closeted university student whose parents have died, and who lives under the close scrutiny of his strict brother and sister-in-law. They exert pressure on him to find a wife, leaving him anguished and struggling to find a balance between his sexuality, religion, and culture. Desperate for counsel, he seeks the advice of Ammar, a sheikh at a local mosque, whose tolerance is challenged by the contradictions between Ramy’s dilemma and the teachings of the Qur’an, leading him to question his own belief system.

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“War / Torn mourns, loves and burns all the derogatory impulses of our continuous present. This book is of and against our time. War / Torn is a breathless elegy in the most defiantly tender poetics you can imagine”

– Jordan Scott, Author of Night & Ox, and Winner of the Latner Poetry Prize by the Writer’s Trust of Canada

The Name I Call Myself

“What makes this work particularly impressive is how many of the concerns Ari faces are issues children encounter regardless of their gender identities. While Ari will particularly resonate with queer kids, their fears and secret joys are sure to speak volumes to any outsider or someone in need of a friend.”

-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

God in Pink

“This book should be on everyone’s shelf — religious and non-religious alike. It is a raw, passionate, gritty tale of not only these two men who chose different paths, and are still making choices, but also of the many people around them who make their own life decisions to love, hate, accept, kill, tolerate or repel them.” 

-Philadelphia Gay News

Umbilical Cord

“Hasan Namir’s Umbilical Cord is an exceptionally beautiful love poem that lays bare the joy and complexity of family life. In this collection, Hasan continues to be a genius of confessional forms that breathe, sing, and cry.”

—Jordan Scott, author of Night & Ox

Umbilical Cord

Umbilical Cord’s poems have a lucent quality and a supple rhythm that carries their tenderness to a reader. In an instant, the poems can become as raw, as immediate as touch. This work begins in heat and heartbeat, as a relationship and a family come into being, and it reflects the intimacies, anxieties, and devotions of love.  At once personally revealing and focused outward on the challenges that queer families face, in Umbilical Cord love triumphs over intolerance, and the future, named “Malek,” is nurtured by two devoted fathers.” 

—Kaie Kellough, author of Dominoes at the Crossroads and Magnetic Equator

Umbilical Cord

“In Hasan Namir’s Umbilical Cord we see a queer revisionism of family that shows how love can link us together like a cord, pushing against the heterocentrism of childrearing. It’s poetry that takes a deep dive into all of the fears and anxieties of parenting as queer, but above all else, this book, at its core, is a love poem.” 

—Daniel Zomparelli, author of Everything Is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person

Coming Soon!

Available SUMMER 2023

Banana Dream

Picture Book


Neal Porter at Holiday House/Neal Porter Books has bought world rights to Banana Dream by Hasan Namir, illustrated by Zainab Faidhi. The picture book is inspired by Namir’s own childhood enduring sanctions in Iraq, and explores a child’s coing to terms with his unusual name against a story of scarcity and want. Public is slated for Summer 2003; Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself. 

Award winning Author

Hasan Namir


Iraqi-Canadian author Hasan Namir (he/him) graduated from Simon Fraser University where he received a BA in English, and the Ying Chen Creative Writing Student Award. He is the author of God in Pink (2015), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction and was chosen as one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 by The Globe and Mail. His work has also been featured on Huffington Post, Shaw TV, Airbnb, in the film God in Pink: A Documentary, Breakfast Television Toronto, CTV Morning Live Saskatoon. He was recently named a writer to watch by CBC books. He is also the author of poetry book War/Torn (2019, Book*Hug Press) and children’s book The Name I Call Myself (2020, Arsenal Pulp Press). Hasan lives in Vancouver with his husband and child.


 Representation: Westwood Creative Artists

Agent for Adult Fiction – Emmy Nordstrom Higdon (they/them)

Agent for Children’s Literature – Hilary McMahon (she/her)

Media Appearances

july 9 2021

Bookhug Press• Toronto, ON

Umbilical Cord Promo Video!

Hasan Namir

CTV Saskatoon • Saskatoon, SK

The Name I Call Myself

Hasan Namir & Cathryn John

november 17 2020

CBC: The Early Edition • Vancouver, BC

Surrey Author pens book for kid who struggle with gender binary.
Hasan Namir

november 14 2020

The Name I Call Myself - Official IG Launch • Vancouver, BC

Author Hasan Namir & illustrator Cathryn John go live via Instagram to talk about their book the Name I Call Myself, do a reading and discuss the collaboration process!

october 22 2020

‘The Name I Call Myself’: A children’s book about self discovery • Toronto, ON

In award-winning author Hasan Namir’s first children’s book, ‘The Name I Call Myself’, illustrated by Cathryn John, we follow Edward’s tender, solitary gender journey through childhood to adolescence to Ari.

‘The Name I Call Myself’: A children’s book about self discovery • Toronto, ON

In award-winning author Hasan Namir’s first children’s book, ‘The Name I Call Myself’, illustrated by Cathryn John, we follow Edward’s tender, solitary gender journey through childhood to adolescence to Ari.

SesayArts Magazine: New picture book The Name I Call Myself depicts a young person’s journey to self-acceptance • Toronto, ON

How does it feel when the things that society deems “right” feel wrong for an individual?

Hasan Namir and Cathryn John’s touching new picture book The Name I Call Myself (Arsenal Pulp Press) explores a young person’s journey of gender identity and the wonder of being seen as who they truly are.

The Name I Call Myself • Canadian Picture Book Blog

This book is such a sensitive depiction of a child’s journey discovering who they are. Ari is called “Edward.” But that name doesn’t feel right. In fact, a lot of their life doesn’t quite feel right, like they are trying to fit into a mold of what a boy is supposed to look and act like. While they spend time wishing they were a girl, it isn’t until they go by Ari and see that they don’t fit into either mold that they are being themselves.


July 29 2021

Pride Weekend Presented by: Word Vancouver

Type: Reading / Fiction
Date: Thursday July 29, 2021
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Hosted by Hasan Namir, featuring:

Quanah Style, Imtiaz Popat, Calan Breckon

June 6 2021

Poetic Justice Online Edition • Poetry New West

Poetic Justice Online Edition
Date: Sunday June 6, 2021
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Hasan Namir
Kyle Christensson
Open Mic sign up starts at 2:30pm.

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