10 Feb, 2017

home again…

Sehbar Sarwar
10 Feb, 2017

Even though my time in Karachi is brief, I’m able to carve out time to accept Asif Farrukhi’s long-standing invitation to visit Habib University, a liberal arts school that opened less than three years ago. Over an informal lunch, I listen to students share about their poetry slam initiative,...

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07 Feb, 2017

vacant airplane…

Sehbar Sarwar
07 Feb, 2017

Empty airplane seats on my 16-hour journey from LAX to KHI, where I’m heading for just six days to participate in the annual Karachi Literature Festival, which will attract more than 100,000 attendees. The Emirates airline representative at LAX airport says that flights have been running empty for a...

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04 Feb, 2017

the big day…

04 Feb, 2017

author Kate DiCamillo with Minal Ever since Minal learns that she won first place in the Scholastic Reader’s Raymie Nightingale contest, she has been waiting for young adult author Kate DiCamillo’s visit to her school, Blair Middle and High School. The two months slip away in the midst of...

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03 Feb, 2017

VBB’s upcoming publication…

03 Feb, 2017

Borderlines Volume Two; image by Veer Munshi, cover design by Angela Martinez Now more than ever it’s important to push past rising walls. In about a month, Voices Breaking Boundaries’ latest publication, Borderlines Volume Three, will be available. The publication, containing writings and art from Bangladesh, Canada, India, Mexico,...

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25 Jan, 2017

two days later…

Sehbar Sarwar
25 Jan, 2017

Woman waiting to catch Metro waves a banner designed by Stephen Fairey for The Amplifier Foundation’s We The People project I wake up to hear the radio spitting stories about the wall that will be built no matter what, the continuation of the Dakota Access pipeline, rejection of refugees,...

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15 Jan, 2017

a saturday night virtual playdate…

Sehbar Sarwar
15 Jan, 2017

“I’m at 10:21 seconds,” calls out Minal. “I need to catch up—I’m at 10:24 seconds!” Minal’s friend’s voice ricochets from Minal’s video phone that’s propped up in front of our television screen. “I’ll pause,” replies Minal. Minal and her friend are participating in a “virtual playdate,” through which the...

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28 Dec, 2016

learning more every day…

Sehbar Sarwar
28 Dec, 2016

This week, poet, performance artist and educator Christa Forster, who I met in Houston more than two decades ago and have remained friends with ever since, visited her hometown San Juan Capistrano, where her mother still resides. Undaunted by the sixty miles between Pasadena and Orange County, René, Minal...

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15 Dec, 2016

an alternate planet…

15 Dec, 2016

I’ve spent most of my life protesting. As a teenager, I marched on Karachi streets in support of women’s rights, after which I went on to college to join divestment rallies in support of an Apartheid–free South Africa and Take Back the Night marches in New York. While based...

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07 Dec, 2016

an award for minal…

07 Dec, 2016

At ten thirty this morning, I receive an email from Minal’s English teacher with a subject line: We WON THE GRAND PRIZE!!!!!!!!!!! Over the course of the day, details unravel and we learn that Minal’s essay, “A Friendship Created by a Sequin,” won first place in a national writing...

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29 Nov, 2016

graffiti in the canyon…

29 Nov, 2016

Pink graffiti on a rock along my path as I hike in Eaton Canyon. 28 Nov 2016 · 06:33:02 PM

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