Contributors

Aamna Waseem holds a bachelor’s degree from BNU in social sciences. While her work interest is in international relations and politics, art has always been her happy place. She eagerly dives head first into any art related opportunity. She has been selling her paintings on Instagram for almost a year now and is really excited about her venture with Lakeer Magazine as an illustrator. You can find her on Instagram @aamna.waseem_art.

Adeela Khan A marketer by profession but an artist at heart, Adeela Khan dabbles in illustrations and paintings when inspired.

Ahmad Aamir Malik is an aspiring Pakistani poet. He will start his master’s in history at McGill University this fall. He believes in the power of poetry to both enhance the experience of a sunset as well as charge politically. He enjoys listening to Joni Mitchell and Simon and Garfunkel songs while walking through parks. He won the World Historian Student Essay Contest (2018) and the California Quarterly Monthly Contest for August 2021. His poems have been published in Cambridge’s Notes magazine, The Punch Magazine, Montreal Writes, California Quarterly, McGill’s The Empathy Journal, and Pulse: McGills Urban Studies Journal.

Aisha Hamid is a poet and writer from Lahore, Pakistan. She is an incoming MFA student at Northwestern University. She was shortlisted by the Zeenat Haroon Rashid Writing Prize for Women, 2019, and received an honorable mention by The Berlin Writing Prize 2019. She is a Poetry Reader at The Adroit Journal, a fellow at Qalambaaz 2023, Pakistan’s first screenwriting lab, an alum of the South Asian Write Beyond Borders mentorship program, 2021, and the LUMS Young Writers’ Workshop’19. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Vallum Magazine, The Aleph Review, Yoda Press, and elsewhere.

Ammara Younas comes from Gujranwala, Pakistan. Besides her regular job creating content, she enjoys writing imaginative stories infused with magical realism. She’s currently working on a collection of poems that weave together the tapestry of Greek myths and Pakistani folklore.

Aneeqa Wattoo is a writer and translator based in Lahore, Pakistan. Trained as a historian, her writing explores the intersections between gender and the politics of spaces in South Asia. She is the co-founder of The Creative Room—an online interdisciplinary humanities focused on South Asia (Ig:creativeroom_co). Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Meridian, New Ohio Review, Southern Humanities Review, and New Plains Review. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Asna Nusrat (she/her) is a bilingual writer from Karachi, Pakistan. She mostly writes fiction, nonfiction, and translations. Her work circles themes of family, disability, debts, womanhood and objectophilia. As an immigrant writer, still new to America and everything American, she sees all her days as living specimens of translations and continues to study the craft of translations in Urdu and English as it unfolds in each language. Her translations have been published on the Thousand Languages website.

Eleen Raja is an aspiring writer located in Lahore. She is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in English literature while heading The Ravi as editor, a prestigious publication of GCU. She enjoys and contributes to the genres of science and speculative fiction while dabbling in poetry every now and then. Her favorite writer is Kurt Vonnegut and she adores the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Frank Bidart.

Farrukh Ali Hassan is 19 years old and based in Okara, Pakistan. He started writing poems (in English, Urdu, and Punjabi) nearly four years ago and extended his writing capabilities to short stories in 2023. He is interested in writing different forms of poetry and short stories. He loves reading classics. Most of his writings pertain to nature, love, morality, and the beauty of things.

Harris Gondal is a writer and translator based in Mandibahaudin. His work has appeared in Pancham Magazine, Jaeza, Khajistan. He also recently co-edited an anthology of essays for Kitab Ghar, published by Vanguard Books with the title Parha Likha Pakistan.

Javeria Hasnain is a Pakistani poet and writer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a Fulbright scholar in the MFA program at The New School, NY. Her poems and prose have appeared/are forthcoming in Poet Lore, GASHER, Isele, Mascara Literary Review, among others. She was a runner-up for the 2022 The Bird in Your Hands Prize and received an honorable mention in the 2022 Penrose Poetry Prize. She is an alum of the International Writing Program’s Summer Institute. She tweets @peelijay.

Maryum Iqbal is a student of BS Nutrition and Dietetics PU. She is a poet, a narrator of stories unraveling around her, causing felicity or suffering. She has been writing for almost eight years in Urdu and English. About poetry she says: “Poetry is like writing a letter to the world while the true essence of it is known only by the poet.” A pen name she has fashioned for herself that represents her inner paradox is Felix Eve.

Naima Rashid is an author, poet and literary translator between Urdu, English, French and Punjabi. Her work was longlisted for the National Poetry Competition and Best Small Fictions. Her published and forthcoming books include Sum of Worlds (Yoda Press, 2023-2024), Naulakhi Kothi (Penguin Random House India 2023), Chicanes (Les Fugitives, 2023), Defiance of the Rose (Oxford University Press, 2019), and her own fiction. Her writings have been widely published in Asymptote, The Scores, Wild Court, Poetry Birmingham, RIC Journal and Litro, among others. She is a collaborator with the UK-based translation collective, Shadow Heroes, which teaches young people to embrace all aspects of their linguistic and cultural heritage.

Pirzada Asjal Alvi is known by his takhallus “Sukhan”. A Computer Science postgraduate at NUST, he is deeply influenced by Karachi’s Mushaira circuit. His father and grandfathers, skilled in Urdu, Persian, and Arabic, kindled his passion while Saleem Ahmad and Maulvi Muhammad Yahya Tanha inspired him to take their mantle and reach new heights. Qawwali, Urs celebrations, and migration tales also shape his work. Influenced by poets like Daagh, Kaleem Aajiz, Habib Jalib, Suroor Barabankvi, Khumar Barabankvi, and Pirzada Qasim, he imbibes their ideas in his work. He explores gore and mystery fiction when he writes in English. He has featured in Teen Vogue and BBC World.

Roha Arif is currently pursuing her degree at the Lahore School of Economics. Primarily interested in non-fiction and fiction, she writes about family, friendship and spirituality. Roha wants to write about life in simple ways and hopes that her writing brings relief to people.

Roshan A. is a freelance photographer and writer.

Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1955) was an author, playwright, translator, and thinker born during British Raj in the subcontinent. He was known for being at the center of political scandal for offending nationalist sensibilities and tried in court for allegations of obscenity. Stories that earned him the title of an offender under the Indian, and later, Pakistan Penal Code, included “Dhuan”, “Kaali Shalwar”, “Boo”, and “Khol Do” among many others. His writing held a mirror to the milieu in which it was born, freed creative thinking from conformist ideology, and opened dialogue about sex, violence, politics and nationalism. His literature holds unequaled prestige and literary acclaim.

Sabyn Javeri is the author of Hijabistan (Harper Collins, 2019) and Nobody Killed Her (Harper Collins, 2017). She has edited two multilingual anthologies of student writing, The Arzu Anthology of Student Voices, Vol I & II (HUP, 2019, 2018) as well as the upcoming Ways of Being, an anthology of Pakistani Women’s Creative Non-fiction (Women Unlimited, Jan 2023). Her writing has been widely anthologized and published in the South Asian Review, London Magazine, Litro, and Wasafiri, among others. She has won the Oxonian Review short story prize, and been short listed for the Tibor Jones prize and Jawad Memorial Prize translation prize. She is a Senior Lecturer of Writing, Literature & Creative Writing at New York University, Abu Dhabi.

Shumaila Ahmed is a self-taught Pakistani British artist currently based in Dubai. Her mixed media art is an exploration of belonging and placemaking in a hypermobile world. Through her art practice, she seeks to enact an openness to mystery and potentiality. Her paintings emerge slowly through play and a mindful, embodied engagement with materials. Shumaila is also a sociocultural anthropologist with a doctorate from University of Cambridge.

Tabinda Khurshid is a Copenhagen-based social justice activist, focused primarily on gender parity. Having lived in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Denmark, she compares living experiences for women in both the developing and developed countries. She mostly writes non-fiction about her personal experiences and occasionally some fiction when inspiration strikes. Her writing calls attention to faulty constructs of society, challenging societal conditioning and pressures that impact quality of life and mental health, as well as societal constructs that span across countries, continents, time and history.

Zahra Azhar is currently doing her BBA in Marketing and Finance. She is no writer or poet but occasionally likes to pen her musings.

Zuneera Shah is a writer from Lahore with fiction and non-fiction in The Drift Mag, Jaggery Lit, Orca Literary, Times Literary Supplement, The Aleph Review, and others. 

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