I'm a writer, brand + content strategist, multimedia artist, and youth educator living in Brooklyn, NY. I love botany, installation art, electric guitar and cosmic randomness.
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Born in 1982 to Bangladeshi immigrants in Carbondale, Illinois, I lived in a handful of Southern states before settling in New York. Education wise, I got a B.A. in Feminism/Women’s Studies from Vassar College, and lived in Nairobi for several months to study public health and interview survivors of political torture. I moved to Brooklyn to become a youth organizer and Artistic Director of the Bushwick Youth Theater @ the renowned non-profit Make the Road NY.
My experiences in Bushwick led to a life-changing move to New Delhi, where I received the William J. Clinton fellowship from the American India Foundation. I spent a bunch of years as a teaching artist and then a Senior Program Manager at the national non-profit Step Up Women's Network to work with under-resourced young women in their college and career pursuits. In tandem to this work, I completed my M.F.A in Fiction at Brooklyn College. After nearly seven years of tinkering away, my debut novel, BRIGHT LINES, is slated for publication by Viking/Penguin, sometime next year.
I brought years of expertise in the non-profit arts education world to the maker space 3rd Ward, where I worked as the Brand Manager. After a sweet stint there, I've currently been consulting, writing and doing freelance PR work.
My writing has appeared in Fashionista.com, The Feminist Wire, CURA : A Literary Magazine for Art and Action, Escape into Life, Thought Catalog, Dash Literary Journal, Brooklyn Bodega and Brooklyn Bound; my play, Nayana's Passing, debuted at Dixon Place's HOT! Festival in 2005.
Contact me at [email protected] for collaborations, work and whatever else.