Featured Stories & Poems

Bringing in the New Year in Mazar-e-Sharif

During our New Year’s week—the spring equinox—we have some very old traditional programs for Mazar people.



Nowruz brings the warm spring,
making everywhere green and beautiful as paradise
New life starts



On the first night of Nowruz we put spinach, red apples, honey, boiled eggs, garlic, and candles on our dinner table. The apple’s red color means we will have success in our work; honey is the sign of amiability in our relations, boiled eggs are the sign of abundance, garlic is the sign of family health, and a candle is the sign of light in our lives.

nowruz table

Latest Stories & Essays


The New Fears in Kabul

The difference between Afghan police and the brutal Taliban is little but their uniform.


Tears in Kabul

She will remain a heroine, a symbol of integrity and honesty to the worship of her creator.


Seeking Justice for Farkhunda

It feels to me like all of Kabul cries for her cruel death.


Burning Farkhunda, Burning Our Beliefs

It sounded ridiculous to me—a woman in Kabul, daring to burn our Qur’an?

Latest Poems


I Am Sorry, My Sister

I want to write your name in red
with black coal: Marta-yer Farkhunda.
We will rename the Shah do Shamshera
Farkhunda Road to honor your memory



How much violence can I tolerate?
What kind of sin is worth such brutality?
I am discouraged about our future


Welcoming Spring

Spring, the beauty of life
Spring, the start of planned tasks
Spring, the reminder to forget bad memories

Latest AWWP News


Masha Hamilton: Amplifying the Voices of Afghan Women

AWWP founder Masha Hamilton profiled by AWWP mentor Liz Titus in Ms. Magazine.


AWWP Event in Arlington, VA, on March 20, 2015

The Girl Up Club of Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, presents their second “We Will Rise” production on Friday, 20 March, 2015. See the flyer for details.


Winter in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, wintertime can be as beautiful as it is cruel. AWWP writers tell of privations, but they also share sparkling stories of love, family togetherness, special foods, and—in Mahnaz’s “The Heartwarming Winter in Afghanistan”—writing in the night.

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.