Creating Muslim-Friendly Spaces panel: Stratagem 2019

On the morning of Saturday, September 28, I walked into my old alma mater at the University of British Columbia.  The Robert. H Lee Alumni Center is a beautiful space and Stratagem 2019 — a 2.5-day summit focused on elevating conversations around diversity and inclusion in the workplace — took [...]

By |2019-10-28T20:40:18+00:00October 28th, 2019|Blog, Events|0 Comments

Women Driving Change: Fundraiser for Loujain Al-Hathloul

On the night of August 14, 2019, I performed at a fundraiser for Loujain Al-Hathloul. It was the biggest audience I've performed in front to date. There were about 100 people in a space that showed up to support Loujain's campaign. Loujain al-Hathloul is a detained Saudi women's rights [...]

By |2019-09-23T17:18:27+00:00September 23rd, 2019|Blog, Events|0 Comments

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series Spring 2019 Literary Showcase

On May 24, 2019, I had the honor of being invited to perform for the Real Vancouver Writers' Series. I was part of a lineup of six writers from Vancouver and Toronto. I was invited as an emerging writer, to share work from my debut novel, Saltwater Spirits. My [...]

By |2019-06-13T22:17:59+00:00June 12th, 2019|Blog, Events|0 Comments

A Mysterious Village by the Sea

The setting for Saltwater Spirits, while inspired by midcentury Nusantara, is ambiguous. This means I do not clearly situate a specific time or place for the story. In this blog post, I will reflect on why I intentionally wrote it that way.InspirationFirst, let’s look at the inspiration from midcentury Nusantara.The [...]

By |2019-05-30T03:13:27+00:00May 30th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments