Please join us for an AWWP Reading at the Richmond Hill Library in Queens, New York City on Monday, January 13, 2014.
What a brilliant day—not only is this the UN International Day of the Girl Child, but this is the day, October 11, 2013, when Malala Yousafzai was a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. She did not win, but she has captured the hearts and minds of millions around the world who admire her for her bravery and for her beautiful mind. Continue reading…
Although some female poets in Afghanistan have been killed by their male family members for penning poetry, many see it as an outlet to express their inner and outer worlds during a time of great national turmoil. Read more on Truthdig.
“This year, we’ve begun a special project: an intensive workshop for girls. In the second installment of our Teen Writers’ Workshop, we showcase the work of our youngest writers, girls aged 12-15. Once again, we are delighted and moved by their visions and their experiences and the wisdom they already bring the world.”
Read more of Stacy Parker Le Melle’s article on the Huffington Post (Sept. 2, 2013).
The Afghan Women’s Writing Project collects oral stories from illiterate Afghan women and promotes political writing by women in digital, print, and radio forms. Read the article here.
The Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) just released the second in a special series of stories from a handful of these women between the ages of 30 and 70 who were never given the opportunity to be educated. These are not pleasant and uplifting stories. What they are is a rare glimpse into the minds of Afghan women who would otherwise have no means of “talking” with readers. More, they are first-hand stories of living women who have transferred their hopes onto the futures of their children.