Our Existence is a Rebellion

I recently had the chance to participate in a reading, curated by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, in an effort to spread awareness about the violence of the Indian government towards its minorities. Read the statement from AAWW below:

“The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, in collaboration with Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, presents a special reading event to spread awareness about the terrifying and dangerous situation unfolding in India with the threat of fascism endangering the lives of many caste oppressed people, indigenous communities, and those from marginalized religions in India. We are hoping to hold space for our community and also spread awareness about the genocide of Indian Muslims that is unfolding. We believe it will be a powerful act of resilience to ask ourselves: what role do writers and poets play in helping us find our way in a time of genocide? With poetry as our balm, we hope to resoundingly stand in solidarity with Muslims, Dalits, Christians, Sikhs, Adivasis and other marginalized communities in India impacted by state sanctioned violence.”

The video features readings from:

Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Sanam Sheriff, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Yashica Dutt, Hala Alyan, Kazim Ali, Adeeba Shahid Talukder, Bao Phi, Rajiv Mohabir, Seema Reza, Mahogany L. Browne, Sahar Romani, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, Tina Zafreen Alam, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, Taiyo Na, Divya Victor, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Hawa Amin-Arsala, Tara Betts, Zeyn Joukhadar, Fariha Róisín, Faisal Mohyuddin, Dilruba Ahmed, Tanaïs, Zeina Hashem Beck, Yalini Dream, Husnaa Hashim, Arshia Haq, Ladan Osman, Tarfia Faizullah, Walidah Imarisha, Turiya Autry, Thenmozhi Soundarajan, and Sonny Singh.