I was offered the opportunity to teach a workshop on narratives of race, identity, and “the Other” as a part of Arab American National Museum's Hikayat personal narratives series. We read Warsan Shire and Mahmoud Darwish and accounts of women in the Moroccan armed resistance against French colonialism. We shared our stories with each other and we listened.
There were two high school students who blew me away. Absolute light. Absolute love. Later in the evening at the storytelling event they read their reflections from our workshop and it was unbelievable. It was such an honor for me to read from Binti on the same stage as them. And guess what? All of the copies AANM had in the store sold out. Which means, they are officially gone forever. I love imagining them on your bookshelves.
Over the course of 2016 and 2017 I worked closely with MFA candidate Noor Alomran as she addressed the topic of belonging within Arab American and Muslim American communities throughout Portland, Oregon. I served as one of three portraits for her final video which graduated her with an MFA from University of Oregon in June 2017.
To watch Noor's final video, click here
There is no greater honor to be than to Love.
Nothing more sacred than preparing and offering our food with friends, with relatives.
I pray we all experience communion as such in this life.
Blessings to all... peace.
Honored to be a guest artist with my student for Y.G.B Portland & DUG's #YoungGiftedArtists series at McCoy Park. We had the opportunity to work with lots of young folks who printed wrote about their Dreams.
The beginning of something new.
I was introduced to Ananas Mustafa through a mutual friend. This friend had been watching out posts on social media and decided that we might want to know each other. Grow with each other.
Ananas has become one of my dearest. Closest. Most sweet.
Friendship as sisterhood.
Dear Baba, is an open letter to our fathers. Read more under "ZINES" tab.
Binti: Daughter of Arab America
Designed, written, printed, and bound at Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) and Yale Union with support from community.