artist • writer • educator
WHO AM I?
I am a romantic dreamer born from stardust. I chase fireflies, swim alongside mermaids, and dance with faeries under the moonlight. My blood flows with love for Allah, literature, art, and nature. I adore all things vintage. Black Magic Roses are my favourite type of flower. Drinking a cup of tea while listening to the birds sing and watching the sunrise with my soulmate after fajr prayers is, for me, the epitome of contentment. Happiness is sharing cupcakes and funny stories with those I love. Sunshine brings joy to my heart and the rain awakens the ancient part of my soul. The ocean is my muse — it`s eternal waves help the ink to flow more freely from my pen. I wish to change the world, if even a little through my writing and art. I believe that there`s no greater pleasure than the acquisition of knowledge; that “beauty is truth, truth beauty.”; and that with true love, we can illuminate even the darkest of days…
WHERE AM I FROM?
I am from a graveyard of stars,
the ashes of a supernova.
I am from fig trees and olive groves;
from zeit zaitoun, za’atar and kamoun,
from rosewater and pistachios;
fields of saffron, and misty saltwater air;
from the last crunch of pomegranate leaves in Autumn,
and the first bloom of orange blossoms in the Spring,
I am from the soft whisper of dewdrops at dawn,
glistening on the hilltops of my grandmother’s village.
My ancestors are from South Lebanon, a Mediterranean coastal region which was once part of ancient Phoenicia. I was born on Turtle Island.
I currently live in Tkaronto/Toronto with my Irish-Newfoundlander husband, Shae Yusuf Stamp, and our pet cactus Pippin.