March 3, 2012
-- Nafisa Haji, Pakistani-American author of “The Writing On My Forehead” and recently published “The Sweetness of Tears”, has just returned from a visit to Pakistan at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan. In Karachi, Nafisa attended the Karachi Literature Festival, where she led a Creative Writing Workshop and participated on a lively authors' panel moderated by Dr. Marilyn Wyatt, wife of U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter. From Karachi, Haji went on to Lahore and Islamabad, visiting and speaking at universities and colleges, engaging with Pakistani students who helped to dispel stereotypes about Pakistan and Pakistanis with their eager engagement with the world and the challenges their nation faces. Haji says the visit was eye-opening on many levels, affording her a broader and deeper perspective of Pakistan, far more optimistic than the usual headlines imply. In addition, she was impressed with the cultural and diplomatic efforts of the State Department staff she met with, admiring the hard, behind-the-scenes work they do in a challenging part of the world.
Nafisa Haji is an internationally best-selling author of two novels, The Writing on My Forehead and The Sweetness of Tears, a community leader, and an experienced bi-lingual (Spanish) public school teacher. She received her Bachelor’s in American History at U.C. Berkeley and completed a Doctorate in Education at UCLA. She lives in Northern California with her husband and son and is working on a third novel. Nafisa is active in and has previously served as board president of the Marin Interfaith Council, representing the International Association of Sufism. She also serves on the board of Freedom Forward, an organization working to ensure the alignment of American ideals of freedom.
U.S. Embassy Press Release: http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/pr-021112.html
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Nafisa Haji is an internationally best-selling author of two novels, The Writing on My Forehead and The Sweetness of Tears, a community leader, and an experienced bi-lingual (Spanish) public school teacher.