Featured Stories & Poems

Small Heart, Big Wishes

Returning from my vegetable field, I visited with a girl resting near a brook. She was 14 and she wore an old, colorless dress, but she had the shining eyes and beautiful face of youth. Her mind was completely focused on the clean, overflowing water.

A young girl attends school in Nangarhar province

A Pretty Toy in My Family’s Hands

The next day, several relatives arrived at our house. I was not aware at first of what was going on, but then I understand they were at my home to buy me. I was such a pretty toy, a pretty toy to play with.


I Wish My Country Was Not My Love

I wish Afghanistan was not a country / But instead a dry land / And no one lived in it. / I wish my country was not my love / I suffer from its pains.

Afghanistan mountains

Latest Stories & Essays


My Brother’s Wedding

Many boys and girls marry without really knowing one another and some do not meet until the day of the wedding.



A suicide bomber tried to kill Shukria Barakzai, one of 69 female members of parliament and a former journalist who at one time ran a secret school for girls.


An Afghan Girl Dreams of Books

Last week my cousin asked me, “What do you want to have when you get rich?”

Latest Poems



If we join together, clean up
our hearts, are honest
with each other, no one,
no one can steal our cheer.
No one can stop our movement.


Me and Others

Under my control are my heart, my feelings,
my wants, and I choose to be compassionate.
Yet suffering and sickness are human too—
Lying, cheating, selfishness, hatred.


They Do Love Me Too

He teaches me to bike when no one is home
He tells me the stories of outside
He always leaves half of his food for me

Latest AWWP News


AWWP Event in Brooklyn on December 5, 2014

Brooklyn students collaborate with Afghan poets in The Passerine Project on Friday, December 5, at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies Auditorium.


16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Check this space every day from now until International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10 to find new poems or essays by AWWP writers for 2014’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence global campaign.


AWWP Reading in New York on Monday, October 20

AWWP Reading on Monday, October 20 at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, New York, NY.

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.