Featured Stories & Poems

Daughter of My Motherland

They called me bawdy and humiliating
And they rejected me
Because I wrote clearly
The words that should be written


Biking on the Streets of Kabul

On our second group bike ride in Darlaman, an old man stopped us. All of us were scared, but he told us: “You girls raise Afghanistan’s flag.”


When I Was Six

Mom my slippers got holes
My feet are hurting
Be quiet my dear
We’ll be there soon

young girl in pink

Latest Stories & Essays


Snow Brings Hope, But Storms Are Perilous in the Mountains

Snow-covered hills near Band-e Amir remake this province into the largest skiing area in Afghanistan.


Taliban Attacks Must Not Prevent Our Freedom of Speech

A free media is one of the achievements over the last decade in Afghanistan and I was very sad when I heard about the bombing attack on the TOLO TV van that killed seven people.


Reza Gul, an Innocent Bird in a Violent Marriage

Her husband attacked her and sliced off her nose. She was taken to hospital, while he fled to a nearby Taliban-dominated village.

Latest Poems


Enjoying Winter Break

Open your eyes
Think so deep
The sky is dark
The ground is white


For 2016

I see women who want to change their lives
to participate in society
to compete in sports
to learn to read and write
to decide how many children they will have


Winter Comes

Near our house, a ten-year-old boy sells maize
His face is innocent and kind
His eyes are sinless and curious
He is smart and spry

Latest AWWP News


Join Us for Art of the Burqa on March 6th in New York City!

New York, NY – On Sunday, March 6th, women artists and writers join together to discuss art that engages the burqa, the head-to-toe veil worn by some Muslim women, by choice or by force. Co-hosted by OF NOTE MagazinePen and Brush, and the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP), this event begins at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 29 East 22nd Street New York, NY 10010. Reservations may be made via Eventbrite.


AWWP’s Hajar and Eleanor Dubinsky Shine with Their New Song “The Station”

On Friday night AWWP poet Hajar and singer-songwriter Eleanor Dubinsky debuted their new song “The Station” at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. We’re still walking on air. The house was packed. The music was gorgeous. And the songwriting collaboration blew us away. Thank you to all of you who joined us for this very special evening. We will share a video of the song when it’s ready.


AWWP Poet to Make Guest Appearance at Michigan Poetry Slam

AWWP Poet Marzia will make a guest appearance via Skype at the Clarkston High School Voices for Change poetry slam on Friday, January 22nd at 7 p.m. This is the second year Marzia has participated as a guest reader. The slam, co-produced by sisters Madeline and Olivia Maday, will feature twenty Clarkston High School students selected to perform their work. Proceeds will go to the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

The Afghan Women’s Writing Project has been recognized by The Women’s National Book Association and the New York State Division of Human Rights.