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. (2017). Writing Authentically. Daybreak Press Blog. Retrieved from http://www.rabata.org/writing-authentically-by-w-b-abdullah/
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. (2013). Thoughts That Don’t Rhyme written by Marwa Farouq [Book Review]. Azizah Magazine. 7(2), 26.
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). Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa [Book Review]. Azizah Magazine. 7(1), 25.
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. 😀
FORTHCOMING (inshAllah) & CURRENT PROJECTS
Currently, I #amwriting. I had been spending a lot of time developing curriculum and illustrating, but now I’m nursing my own need to get the stories in my head out so that you may read them. There are quite a few stories simultaneously percolating and telling themselves to me. Additionally, I’m developing posts for other blogs, but am retiring my artsy-crafty-mama blog that was launched in February 2012. I’d rather you get all of me on one platform. Still, you can check it out here: Good AfterNoora (the blog stayed in its newborn stage)! InshAllah, soon, you will find a category entitled Books up there with a list of beautiful stories to cherish.