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Adam is a writer, theater-maker, and dramaturg who writes and develops plays that interrogate the intersections of queerness, immigration, and colonialism.
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"To me it was always like, being Muslim is whatever you want it to be. If that's your background and it's no longer relevant to you or doesn't work for you, that's fine. Or if you're very queer and also very traditionally religious, of course that's fine. Or anything in between."
Qureshi spoke to Fann about her journey as a young writer, writing halal romances, and navigating tropes about Muslims in books, film and television.
"I spend so much of my time basically trying to show the real harms that can happen to people through these supply chains and through the ad tech surveillance model and world that we live in because that's the business model of every company that we interact with right now."
Abdel Gawad spoke to Fann about her journey writing “Between Two Moons” and the ways in which she allows her characters to have complexity beyond stereotypes.
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Autumn Allen is an educator and writer based in Boston. She spoke to Fann about her debut YA novel “All You Have to Do” and her journey as an author.
"There was a key point when I understood the power of my writing connecting with an audience, and then that became more important to me as I realized the impact of misrepresentation, stereotypes and the erroneous narratives that were circulating in my society about people who are Muslim [like me]."
"The most important thing as a creative person is finding people who are willing to protect the sanctity, the originality of your idea. Not anyone and everyone can understand minute hints about cultural context [or the] religious sense that is inherent in our writing."
When I was growing up, I couldn't just go to the library and find a bunch of fun books by Muslim authors. But now you can, [and] it's really exciting. I'm happy to be one of those people in the community. I think uplifting each other's voices just helps us grow stronger.
"I would say I am ambitious, overly ambitious. I'm extremely passionate about just making people laugh and smile. That is ultimately my goal with content creation [and] why I started it. I love just making people's days when I'm streaming."