Check out my new poem IF THEY SHOULD COME FOR US in POETRY Magazine!
And an article on me & Sam Bailey of Brown Girls in W Magazine!
This last Wednesday (February 15th) we launched the complete season of Brown Girls Season One!
There’s been so much great press about it! Check out interviews I’ve done with:
Enjoy the show!
In the last few months I’ve had a couple of poems published!
WWE, a ghazal of mine, was published in the Academy Of American Poets website.
In the September issue of POETRY Magazine I had a poem called “My Love for Nature” published.
In BuzzFeed Reader I had a poem “Land Where My Father Died” published!
Also an interview in VIDA on the Bettering American Poetry Anthology.
Check them out!
I’ve been bad about updating the site, but here are some recent publications you might want to check out!
I wrote a web series called Brown Girls and am working with Our Names Are Sam to produce it! We’ll be shooting this August, make sure to check for it next March!
Check out a few articles about my work that have come out recently:
& everyone. Including my 11 year old frame
a circle of empty surrounding me & my violin
on the crowded bus the weeks after the towers
fell & then you blamed my skin. It was your feet
& broken glass that followed me around the field
when I showed up too early for soccer practice,
you who reminded me no sidewalk or park
would ever be mine. Anything coming from
a country ending in –stan steamed terror, towelhead,
exotic words I’d never heard, but now all my name but not
now all my resume but not. I know I must scare you,
white men, me with my heavy lidded eyes, loud
laugh & insistence on being here & heard.
Me, with my brown & fly until I die, me with my Islam
& tattoos & my uncle who changed his restaurant
to Afghani food the month after you threw bottles
against his windows & wrote go home terrorists
across all the menus. This is who I come from.
A man who said let them hate us & painted turbaned
men dragging a dying goat across the walls.
This is where I come from. These provinces
you can’t name, the wars you keep starting
& can’t win. Look at my people live. Look at my
people love. Look at how you drone our cities
& murder our children & we still find floor to dance.
Look how many heavens we have, just for us.
The world is full of people like me you want
to dissect, you want a name for everything
or else it’s free & not yours. Freedom outside
of whiteness is terror, food outside of whiteness
is spectacle, land outside of whiteness doesn’t
exist. White men, I know I make you afraid.
Me, with my colored rice, me with my name
you can’t pronounce, me without any land
& no intention to steal or pay you for a home
you can snatch up. Or burn down. Or hold a mirror
to & try to convince me I want more.
There has been a ton of exciting news lately! The biggest one is that my first chapbook, AFTER, is up for pre-order right now on YesYes books! Its on a sale right now where you get $2 off and free shipping, so act now!
Also, it was reviewed by Katherine Frain at the BlueShift Journal, which you can read here!
Here is an interview I did about it at Speaking of Marvels!
Two poems of mine, “Rewind/Play” and “Dear Phillis Wheatley” are up in the newest issue of Pinwheel Journal.
Danez Smith said some really kind words about my work on LitHub’s list of #ActualAsianPoets
I did an interview at Entropy about some of my favorite foods!
I got nominated for a Pushchart by Nepantla and for Best of the Net by Heart Online and FreezeRay Poetry!
My poem “After” was published in the Summer 2015 issue of The Journal
My poem “Orphan” was published in an amazing journal called Nepantla, which features voiced of queer people of color. They also did an interview with contributors and you can check out what I and other writers are reading!
I also made a Tumblr for my Let Me Love Me project!! Check it out here!
I did an interview about my Let Me Love Me Project that you can check out!
I did a Tedx Talk this summer on the power of poetry to make us see our world differently. The title of the talk is “We Own All The Language In The World.”
Check it out!