Emerging Muslim Writers of Toronto

An evening of prose and poetry


Ready to enjoy an evening of fresh, new writing by emerging Muslim writers?

There’s an incredible wave of new creative voices coming out of Toronto these days, in particular by emerging Muslim writers. Writer in Residence Amanda Ghazale Aziz has organized a reading to showcase and celebrate some of these writers. It’ll be an evening full of powerful, talented new voices. (Check out bios below!)

We’ll also have an open mic component of the evening, so if you identify as Muslim and you have a piece of writing under 7 minutes that you’d like to share, please bring it along. (Of course, there is no one way to be Muslim. Identification can come through cultural, spiritual, religious, ancestral connection, and more.) We’ll have a sign-up sheet at the door, so come early if you’re hoping to read.

Join us for an evening rich with good company while we relish in the works of emerging Muslim writers in Toronto.  

Featured Writers

Shawk Alani was born in Baghdad in the aftermath of the Gulf War, escaped the sanctions with her family in the 90s and lived in eight cities before calling Toronto a chosen home. In the mornings, she is a graduate student writing about personal narrative, storytelling and translation. In the evenings, she tends to a deep passion in her heart, The Iraqi Oral History Project, and indulges, often excessively, in Arabic literature.

Elham Mohammed Ali is a Toronto based writer. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in English Literature, continuing her studies at the Humber College Creative Book Publishing program. Currently, she spends her days being a social media coordinator, and her nights getting lost in a good book. Elham hopes to write a few in her lifetime.

Fathima Cader’s recent and upcoming publications include creative non-fiction in Hazlitt and Warscapes, poetry in Apogee and Canadian Woman Studies, criticism in The New Inquiry and The Funambulist, and book reviews in Rungh and Briarpatch. She practices law in Toronto and teaches at the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor. She is interested in all borders and in the migrations of war.

Nala Ismacil is a writer, collage artist, and has recently added DJ to the list. No longer a hoarder of her writing, she is working on a zine entitled, “OUT MY COMA: a literary mixtape.” In it, she explores themes of sexuality, mental health and community through hip-hop cadence and style.

Sanna Wani is a Kashmiri undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, studying Astrophysics and Religion. Her work has been published with Manifest Station, PACE magazine and the UC Review. She is the winner of the 2017 Norma Epstein award for poetry. She is currently an associate editor with Acta Victoriana. She loves old green pianos and sweet coffees.


April 21, 2018
Doors will open at 7, come right on time if you want your name on the open mic list! Spots are limited.


We’ll be at our beautiful studio, 1898 Danforth Ave, unit 2.
It’s fully wheelchair accessible and a short stroll from the Woodbine subway station.


We’re limiting this to thirty participants, so get your tickets soon! This event is by donation, with a suggested donation of $10. All proceeds will be split among the feature readers.