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Episode 83 in English: Stories with Feelings

On this episode, we (Aminah Mae Safi and Alia) talked about the importance of seeing oneself in fiction, with an especially specific importance when it comes to people at a formative age.  Aminah, author of the young adult fiction books Not The Girls You’re Looking For and Tell Me How You Really Feel, is helping make that happen.  Both of us are mixed (with one Arab parent), and Aminah brings that needed representation into her writing.  There are also Muslim characters, and that’s something so beautiful to see as well.  The queer romance in Tell Me How You Really Feel is also incredibly refreshing.  This was a cathartic and affirming conversation, and many of the listeners will identify with the points we touched on.  Please read Aminah’s writing and share it with the young readers you love!

Follow Aminah on the socials:
Instagram: aminahmae
Twitter: aminahmae
Facebook: Aminah Mae Safi

Visit Aminah’s website here: http://www.aminahmae.com/

 

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Episode 33 in English: Her Name is Samya

Samya Abu-Orf, Palestinian-American poet, joined us today for an epic episode.  Prepare yourself – the strength, the boldness, the directness, the humor, and the validation of our shared realities will leave you stunned in the best of ways.  We had a great conversation, and she was also generous in sharing several pieces during this episode.  We are thrilled to have this amazing woman on this podcast, and we can’t wait for you all to hear her power.


To connect with and/or follow Samya:

Instagram: samyaabuorf
Facebook: Samya Abu-Orf
Email: [email protected]

Samya referenced some poets she loves; here is the link to a piece by one of the poets she mentioned (Crystal Valentine – “Tempest”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPdS6HfuTAI

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