Spring Craft Talks: A Chat with Anniqua Rana and Selma Tufail

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Editor’s Note: We’re having a mini celebration today – this post is our 550th! Next comes 1,000!


Welcome back to our video craft series! Seher interviews sisters Anniqua Rana and Selma Tufail in today’s installment!

Here are their brief bios from the blog Tillism they run together:

Anniqua’s debut novel,  Wild Boar in the Cane Field  was shortlisted for Pakistan’s UBL Literary Award 2020.  She co founded the blog Tillism طلسم – Magical Words from around the World.  Her writings on gender, education, and books have appeared in TNSNaya Daur TVInternational EducationRavi Magazine, Bangalore Review, Fourteen Hills, The Noyo River Review, Delay Fiction, Listening to the Voices: Multi-ethnic Women in Education, and other publications. Her doctorate in International Education focused on the implications of technology for women of Pakistan in higher education. She has taught at San Mateo Community Colleges, University of San Francisco, Lahore University of Management Sciences, and Stanford University.  She travels, writes, and lives between California and the Potohar region of Pakistan.

Selma Tufail, an artist, has always navigated through the worlds of literature, art, and education. Life’s journeys have taken her around the world where she has taught, written, and created art — in Spain, Qatar, the U.A.E. the U.S, and Pakistan. Throughout, she has continued her pursuit of creativity in all its forms. She was awarded the Order of Civil Merit, the highest civilian award of Spain. She is the author and illustrator of Con Yanci: When Chickens Fly and Other Tales, a children’s storybook. Her writings on gender, art and mysticism have appeared in, The DollhousePakistan Daily Times, Article in Shards of Silence – An Anthology, The Arabia Review: TESOL Arabia, UAE among others.

Our work has appeared in International EducationThe Pakistan Daily Times, Bangalore Review, Fourteen Hills, The Noyo River Review, Delay Fiction, and other publications.

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