I offer a playful and holistic approach. One that weaves in healing all the barriers to expressing our voices, our truths. We tend to the body, mind, heart as we refine the process of writing. We acknowledge writing as a sacred tool to transform unjust systems and all the unjust systems -- heteropatriarchy, settler colonialism, the academic industrial complex, white supremacy -- that have burdened and constrained our full expressions for some time. We look to decolonize and deconstruct these, within ourselves. To liberate our writing even while navigating institutions. We ground in our bodies, in meditation, ritual, soul-care practices, and then we begin to forge new worlds.
About me and my practice: I am a queer, Muslim, Indian raised in the Midwest of the U.S. I hold a Masters in Arabic from the Ohio State University and a PhD in Gender Studies from UCLA. I served as a graduate Assistant Editor for the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies and am also a creative writer and poet and have taught creative writing residencies and poetry workshops, internationally. I have created and taught courses in Gender and Race in the U.S., Interracial Solidarity, Disability Studies, Feminist Pedagogy and Gender and Knowledge. I have significant experience in interdisciplinary research methodologies, especially in my most recent research on storytelling workshops with Muslim women activist-survivors of the Gujarat communal violence of 2002. This project examined, through practice, how gendered violence impacts mental, emotional and spiritual wellness and how self-transformative practices can lead to more effective collectives advocating for change. My engagements in academic, creative, and social justice interventions have centered holistic care and sustainability and, to that end, I have been studying and practicing Iyengar Yoga for the last 15 years as well as been a practitioner of meditation for over 10 years, teaching meditation with True North Insight’s BIPOC sangha and through facilitating healing arts workshops with survivors of trauma.
Looking forward to being in touch. Please contact me for an intro call and rates: email@example.com