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 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.
Afghan Women Writers Join the Twitter #GBVTeachin for #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
From all of us at AWWP, thank you to all who came out on December 3, 2015 to help us celebrate the publication of Washing the Dust from Our Hearts: Poetry & Prose from Writers of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Sullivan Street Press calls our new anthology one of the best poetry books of 2015 and we agree!
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.