the next “on belonging” installment…

“You could do a reading at Scripps and create an installation,” Myriam Chancy offered when I showed her images from my On Belonging site-specific installation at Houston’s Menil Collection...

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celebrate our voices / / BAN THE WALLS . . .

The statement below (written collaboratively by Diya Bose, Alicia Vogl Saenz, and me) was read in the order of writers above: Jamie Asaye Fitzgerald, Alicia Vogl Saenz, Elline Lipkin, Manuela Traude Gomez, Diya...

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macondo2019 after a tough take-off…

Workshop participants Reyna Grande, Macarena Hernández, Olivia Mena, Amelia María de la Luz Montes and partner, Liliana Valenzuela, Fan Wu, and board member Pat Aldrete with Sandra Cisneros and Ruth Behar at Liberty Bar  “I’m from...

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selling fast…

Top left: Gwendolyn Zepeda and some Houston Noir contributors at Murder by the Book, Houston, Texas; Top right: My reading at Skylight Books, Los Angeles, California; Bottom right and left:...

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on the move …

My reading at Rio Hondo College’s annual literary festival with an image of my father, Dr. Mohammad Sarwar, in the background; photo by Tom Callinan “Thank you, miss,” a...

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global standout for peace / LA…

poster designed by Priyali Sur Last week, as fear of war between Pakistan and India, two nuclear-armed countries, remained a viable threat, activists around the globe organized to call...

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07 Mar, 2019

carpool conversation…

07 Mar, 2019

carpool conversation on a foggy morning This year, our carpool conversations have been limited–not because Minal and her friends don’t talk to each other–but because they sing songs that...

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“faluda islam” at discostan…

video excerpt by Ayesha Kamran; La Zona Rosa club in downtown Los Angeles Last weekend, some friends and I attended Discostan, a monthly event in downtown LA that was founded by filmmaker and DJ Arshia Haq, to...

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15 Feb, 2019

one coup per dictator…

15 Feb, 2019

A decade ago while I was in Karachi, I captured this graffiti scrawl in Karachi. Today, as Trump declares national emergency to enforce the creation of “a wall,” I...

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24 Jan, 2019

black wings…

24 Jan, 2019

a section of the cover of my novel, Black Wings; images by Minal Saldivar and collage by Oskar Sonnen Behind every story is another story. The new cover of...

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