“The Streets”

As I was walking through my new neighborhood in Ankara I turned on my voice memos and got something down that I've splashed together with some field images and put up on Medium. Hoping for an audio file to follow. Enjoy!   https://medium.com/@tesswaggoner/the-streets-3402fb379d2d   

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Imagine Her

This past semester I wrote a poem for my Intermediate Arabic class. It was composed in Arabic, but my translation appears below. I  post it today in remembrance and in solidarity with all those girls whose dreams are marred by the reality of occupation. May you find peace.  طفلة هنالك طفلة صغيرة فتخيلوها خدينها زهرية … Continue reading Imagine Her

Asking the Right Questions

Just finished reading Yassin Alsalman's "Diatribes of a Dying Tribe," his master's thesis and multimedia collaboration with Omar Offendum, Excentrik, and Ragtop in "Fear of an Arab Planet, also known as the Arab Summit. I thoroughly enjoyed his analyses of the interactions between hip hop, identity, cultural appropriation and the political realities of "Middle Westerners," those of … Continue reading Asking the Right Questions