Saturday, October 29, 2005
  So much going on!
My article on the Compassionate Care Network -- a low-cost health care program started in Chicago by some Muslim doctors to provide consistent healthcare to uninsured patients -- is in Islamic Horizons this month.

The Carl Buddig School of Writing is up at Long Story Short. Click on the humor button.

My article on Religious Diveristy in Indianapolis in NUVO should hit the newsstands and NUVO's website in a couple days. I can't wait to see what photos they got to go with it.

My poem, Ramadan Plans, should be up today or tomorrow on Circadian poems

The Islamic Writers Alliance (of which I am the Publications Officer and Acting Director) has announced the winners of their first poetry contest. (Ok, I announced the winners of the first poetry contest since I was the head judge). Congratulations to:

Adult Category:
Grand Prize Winner Corey Habbas for her poem Olives Under Stones.

And Runner's Up:
2nd place: The City of NAFS by Nicole Najmah Abraham
3rd place: Consider Love by Maryam Razvi Padela
4th place: To You on our Eighth by Saaleha Bhamjee
5th place: Relics by Maryam Razvi Padela
6th place: Statical Moment by Emily Correa.

Youth Category:

Grand Prize Winner: Khuloud Faraj won the grand prize with her poem The Boy Warrior.

Runners up were:
*If Spring Will Be There Tomorrow by Khuloud Faraj
*The Prophets by Sumaiya Ahsan
*Allah by Sumaiya Ahsan
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What I'm reading now

Cane River
An interesting exploration of the gradual whiting of a family through slavery to modern days.

To see an archive of all the books I've read (well the ones I've read and review since I started the blog) with comments, please click here

Causes Worth Supporting

This is just a short list -- a few of my favorites.

English Language Islamic Fiction. We need more of it. Lots more.
Pay a Teacher's Salary in Afghanistan. The Hunger site actually has a lot of worthwhile programs. You can find them all here .
Muslims for Progressive Values. My organization. We can always use donations, of time or money!
Human Rights Campaign for the glbt community
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
The ACLU I'm a card carrying member. Hope you'll become one too. The organization that has done the most, as far as I can tell, to pull the countries progressive side together.
Network of Spiritual Progressives. Working to reclaim religion and morality for the religious left.

Blogs Worth Reading

Wanda Campbell also known as Nochipa A very gifted poet and a gentle, compassionate soul. Nochipa and I are on the same page on sooooo many things
Writeous Sister Aminah Hernandez, she's got some excellent latino pieces and always has good writing info on her blog.
Sister Scorpion aka Leila Montour - Leila is a fount of energy, quirky humor, and bad attitude. She's also a talented poet.
Muhajabah Very interesting commentary here. I don't always agree with her, but her pieces are always thought-provoking.
Georgie Dowdell Georgie is a great writer and a good friend.
Louise Marley Another great writer. I think Louise is one of the best sf writers exploring faith themes.
Ink in My Coffee Devon Ellington (who has numerous aliases) who is also the editor of Circadian Poems. A truly inspiring woman with a seemingly endless supply of energy.
Ethnically Incorrect With a name like that, isn't a given I'm going to enjoy this writer?
Freedom from the Mundane Colin Galbraith, another excellent writer, from Scotland.
The Scruffy Dog Review This is a new e-zine with an ecclectic mix of fiction, poetry, and non-fic, some really enjoyable pieces here.
Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom Lara, another gentle soul, very thoughtful.
Circadian Poems A journal of poetry, new stuff up all the time.
Ye Olde Inkwell Michelle writes romance and is one of my writing buddies.
Muhammad Michael Knight The original punk Muslim writer. Like him or love him, Mike is always coming up with the unexpected.

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