ReelPoetry 2022 Festival!
I'm back, guys! I've quit social media a few months ago and laid low for a while but I'm pleased to say that I'm involved with REEL Poetry Film Festival once again for 2022. I am doing a panel on deaf poetry and creativity with two other writers-artists. We will also screen a few of our works, including my two new videopoems. You can visit REELPoetry website for more information on how to view our panel and screening.
Also I'm happy to say that I'll have a new play published in a book forthcoming later this year. So keep an eye out for that announcement.
Much love and blessings to you all!
i AM a PUBLISHED AUTHOR!
Proud to say that my nonfiction piece has been published by Brown Girl Magazine and Mango & Marigold Press. My piece was incredibly hard to write, but I wanted to share my experience and let others know that they're not alone in having experienced profound loss, death, grief, sorrow and pain.
The book is called Untold: Defining Moments of the Uprooted. The book features nonfiction pieces written by South Asian women (and identifying women) of diverse backgrounds, faiths, and upbringings, including Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, along with Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, etc. and Indo-Caribbean diaspora from Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, etc.
You may pre-order a copy here.
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Love you all!
I am excited to announce that I have been asked to be a curator and presenter for the 2021 REELPoetry Film Festival which is based in Houston, Texas! What an incredible opportunity. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the festival will be held virtually instead of in person in Houston. I will present a series of my own works, alongside a curated series of poetry videos by other artists that I will curate. More info will come soon. Be sure to tuned in!
Festival will be held online on February 24-28, 2021.
NEW YORK CITY DATES ADDED!
New York International Fringe Festival
October 20, 21, 23, 27 (various times)
Buy tickets online below to see me perform in "Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life"
Oct 20, Saturday at 7:30pm
Oct 21, Sunday at 7pm
Oct 23, Tuesday at 4:45pm
Oct 27, Saturday at 1:15pm
685 Washington Street
(corner of Charles Street)
New York, NY 10014
My short sign-language poetry film, Deaf Brown Gurl, has been accepted at Lady Filmmakers Film Festival in Los Angeles, California! Deaf Brown Gurl, along with other shorts and features, will be screened at the Wilshire in Beverly Hills over the course of 3 days on September 27-30, 2018. I am so excited and proud to be part of this fantastic festival. Thank you to the organizers for picking my film. I'll see you all in Los Angeles!
New video about my works
Here is an incredible video created by Super Sisters UK, an organization based in Great Britain that advocates on behalf of British Minority Ethnic women and British Muslim women. I am so grateful and humbled for their support. I feel that the video did a great job introducing my works to a bigger audience.
Visionary awards & photos!
I just received my award at the St. Louis Visionary Awards ceremony on April 25 at the Sun Theatre in midtown St. Louis. I was so happy and proud to be recognized for my works as a Deaf Filmmaker, Performance Artist, Playwright, and ASL Poet. It was a surreal experience. I got to meet other recipients of the Awards and they are all phenomenal women who are doing great works for the arts and for our communities in St. Louis. This award reaffirms my confidence and self-faith that my voice is important and my artistic works matter.
Thank you to the St. Louis Visionary Awards for recognizing me and believing in my works.
Here are some photos. Enjoy!
And here is a video of me giving my acceptance speech. For Deaf viewers, please go to the video link to read a transcript of the introduction statement by Deborah J. Patterson, former head of Monsanto Fund.
Alive / st. louis magazine article
ALIVE, a St. Louis magazine, has written an article about the honorees being chosen for St. Louis Visionary Awards 2016. You can read about me and other honorees here.
Thanks again to the Grand Center and St. Louis Visionary Awards for this great honor.
Thank you to the St. Louis Visionary Awards for selecting me as “Emerging Artist of 2016” to recognize and honor my works as a filmmaker, performance artist, and playwright. Words cannot describe how happy and amazed I am to receive this honor. I had never won or received any awards in my lifetime so this is very new and shocking for me. I hope and pray that receiving this award will help open many more doors and bring me new opportunities to bring my works to a bigger audience. I will honor other previous honorees by speaking out against oppression, injustice and racism; I will continue to use my artistic works to help promote peace, love, respect, and understanding on Mother Earth.
The award ceremony will be held on April 25, 2016 at the Grandel (Sun) Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri. I will post more information later as the date approaches.
Thank you so much again for this amazing honor.
Any word of mouth is always appreciated! Big thanks to Pavani Yalamanchilli and The Aerogram for picking my ASL poetry short film, Deaf Brown Gurl, as one of their Top 4 Short Films to Watch Right Now. Yeah, if you haven't seen Deaf Brown Gurl, then you should watch it RIGHT NOW! :)