So it turns out that I’m not just an aspiring new author, but a kind of come-back author, I suppose. I was published before in poetry anthologies as a teenager. And I illustrated part of a book as an elementary student! Once upon a time, I was also the editor-in-chief of a computer-printed teen zine. Nearly forgotten, I’ve been on a scavenger hunt to locate my lost corpus! So here’s to a comeback, with a little flashback!
(NOTE: Click on the title of the poem, article, or illustration to see my actual work).
Abdullah, W.B. (2014). 30 first dates: 13 years on. Rabata Blog. Retrieved from http://rabata.org/home/30-first-dates-13-years-on/
Abdullah, W.B. (2012). In memory of hands. Silver Envelope. Retrieved from http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=c3ce927a31695647a30c29ada&id=5523f93966
Abdullah, W.B. (2012). Let’s make cloud art! Discover Magazine, 2, 22-23.
Abdullah, W.B. (2012). A journey to Jerusalem. Azizah Magazine, 6(4), 90-96.
Abdullah, W.B. (2014). Surrendering to God: Understanding Islam in the Modern Age by Eren Tatari [Book Review].Azizah Magazine. 7(4), 24.
Abdullah, W.B. (2013). Aisha: The Wife, the Companion, the Scholar by Reşit Haylamaz [Book Review].Azizah Magazine. 7(4), 25.
Abdullah, W.B. (2012, September). The Breath of God by Julie Hliboki [Book Review]. Azizah Magazine Online Bookshelf. Retrieved from http://www.azizahmagazine.com/Articles/Article_Bookshelf_The%20Breath%20of%20God.html
Abdullah, W.B. (2012). The Metamorphosis of a Muslim by Lena Seder [Book Review]. Azizah Magazine. 7(1), 24.
Abdullah, W.B. (2012). Untold by Tamam Kahn [Book Review]. Azizah Magazine. 6(4), 26.
Abdullah, W.B. (2012). Hearts we lost by Umm Zakiyyah [Book Review]. Azizah Magazine. 6(4), 27.
Abdullah, W.B. (2011). Barefoot in Baghdad by Manal Omar [Book Review]. Azizah Magazine, 6(3), 30.
Abdullah, W.B. (2011, April 5). Mooz-lum: A Muslim man’s portrayal of strong Muslim women [Review of the movie Mooz-lum]. Muslimah Media Watch. Retrieved from http://www.patheos.com/blogs/mmw/2011/04/mooz-lum-a-muslim-man%E2%80%99s-portrayal-of-strong-muslim-women/#more-7964
Brown, W. (2001). The laundress. In A celebration of young poets: Atlantic-Fall 2000 (p.7). Logan, UT: Creative Communication, Inc.
Okay, okay, this is also not really a published book. You can’t find it on Amazon.com or anything, BUT I was a school finalist as an eighth grader! The Do the Write Thing Program is a part of the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV), an initiative of the Kuwait-America Foundation and the Greater Washington Urban League. Who would’ve known then that I would return to an awards ceremony for the new poet laureates in training as a teacher-in-training, straight off the boat from Kuwait as a Muslim seven years later? Things surely come around circle!
*This is also a two part poem, click on “And” for the first part, and “you wonder?” for the second part.
Simmons, L. A. (1996). Meet Kofi, Maria, and Sunita: Family life in Ghana, Peru, and India (W. Brown, Illus.). Peterborough,NH: Cobblestone Publishing Inc.
This multicultural book was commissioned by the World Bank and helps children understand the importance of economic development. It was winner of the 1996 EdPress Special Publication Award. In a way, this book was a preview into my later career choices in Art Education and International Affairs. But I did not know I wanted to do that then. I wanted to be an environmentalist in elementary school (and that storyline is now creeping up in my daily life as I turned into a “green” monster)! I illustrated the section of the book on Ghana: Kofi’s story. This book was published when I was in 6th grade. 😀
Abdullah, W.B. (2011-i’A). The gift of Islamic romance! [Review of the book The gift by Zaipah Ibrahim]. Azizah Magazine. Available from the Azizah Magazine online Bookshelf section insh’Allah shortly.
I’m working on an article for the forthcoming anthology inshAllah, Intersections: Woman, Artist, Muslim. An Anthology edited by Brooke Benoit, an article for SISTERS magazine, …and an article on my spiritual journey for New Latina magazine. I’m also developing posts for my new artsy-crafty-mama blog that was just launched this February 2012! Check it out here: Good AfterNoora (though the blog is still in its newborn stage)!
I do have…
1. three novels that are simultaneously percolating and telling themselves to me, but most of the stories are still in my head
2. a collection of short stories that has yet to be started (it’s in my head with the other three!)
3. an Islamic children’s story that is written down and ready to be published insh’Allah! I’m just finishing the illustrations and looking for a publisher to accept it…
4. a multicultural children’s story for mainstream publishers yet to be written or illustrated (it’s all in my head!)