We are still floating on air thinking about the magic of the Passerine Project Musical Benefit on November 6, 2015 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in NYC. The words of the women, the songs of the student songwriters, the voices of our special readers, the talents of teaching artists – they all came together to transport us, to give us a night of creativity and witness that we will never forget.
We must share the painful news that Gabrielle Burton passed away on September 3rd in Venice, California. Gabrielle was a deeply accomplished woman—mother of five daughters, author, and screenwriter. She brought her expertise to every AWWP workshop assignment and shared generously. You could feel her smile and kindness in every interaction. All of us at AWWP treasured our time with Gabrielle. She is truly missed. To read her obituary published in the New York Times, please click here.
Achieving literacy among girls and women remains one of the big development challenges for Afghanistan today, but also one that many believe holds the most promise. In this section, the tenth in our Oral Story Series begun in 2012, we bring you stories from illiterate women about their views on women’s rights in Afghanistan.
The women of Afghanistan have many stories to tell, but they have not always had the opportunity to tell them. Now that situation is changing, thanks to the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Continue reading on the Lake Oswego Review website.
If you’ve wanted to hear directly from Afghan women, unfiltered by journalists and uncensored by male relatives, and do so in English, the best place to go since 2009 has been the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) online magazine. Twice a week AWWP posts new work that include fresh takes on Afghan current events, as well as personal essays and poems.
We all know that being a writer is hard. Being a woman writer, with all that industry bias and those glass ceilings out there, is even harder. But nothing can quite describe the daring, sometimes terrifying, experience of being a woman writer in Afghanistan — except maybe the words that Afghan women writers produce themselves.
In works presented both in English and Dari (Afghan Persian), the women speak candidly of their lives and viewpoints, and do so unfiltered by family or news media. Books may be purchased for $18 each at the AWWP market page.