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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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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21 Nov, 2015

cycles of violence…

21 Nov, 2015

Once again, just a week after the bombings in Lebanon and Paris, the anti-refugee and anti-Muslim hype in Europe and the US is escalating. In the meantime, Amy Goodman’s...

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03 Jul, 2015

from sydney…

Sehba Sarwar
03 Jul, 2015

Dr. Ruqaiya Hasan, Hong Kong, Feb 2015; photo by Lexie Don When our flight lands in Auckland, I turn on my phone to find messages from my sister, who...

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afterwards…

audience members at the Baker Ripley Community Center; photo by Paul Hester A month has floated away, and I’m still processing my What Is Home? production, one that took...

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26 Apr, 2015

an earthquake and student voices…

Sehba Sarwar
26 Apr, 2015

Sagar’s apartment ceiling After a sleepless night, I wake up to read a text message by Hemangi, a Westbury High School student who participated in my storytelling workshop: Did...

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a lesson i learned about being desi and american is that boundaries are made up…

Sehba Sarwar

Zarana Sanghani, who recently returned to Houston after graduate school and working New York, talks about the issue of “home” – a subject that’s close to her heart: Feeling...

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i need to be here right now to get my daughters through their education…

Sehba Sarwar

Sometimes, I get my hair touched up at Ruby’s salon on Harwin Drive, around the corner from Hillcroft. I go to the same place for threading and waxing, and...

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