Resistance In Color, Part 9: “Existence Is Resistance” (Said Shaiye)


Said Shaiye is a Somali writer. In his words, “Resistance is living”. The conversation digs into the journey that is life seeking to find peace in acknowledging trauma and extending yourself forgiveness. As a resistance tool, Said explains how writing allowed reflection, keeping an account of different parts and a place to go to be with himself. He shares the importance of finding your voice both metaphorically and literally as a journey of finding home. His debut book, Are You Borg Now?, was recently released by Really Serious Literature. It’s an experimental combination of poetry, self-interview, memoir, photography & Star Trek: Voyager tribute. Find more of his work and engage with him on his website saidshaiye.com.

This episode was recorded on 6/30/2021.

“Mental Health In Minnesota” is produced by NAMI Minnesota. Visit us online at https://namimn.org/.

All music used in this episode came from the song “The Way” produced by MIKE LEITE and made available via a Creative Commons license.

Loops were created from various sections of “The Way.”  Find the full song by MIKE LEITE via the following links:

“The Way” song page on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/mikeleite/the-way-instrumental

Mike Leite’s additional music on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/mikeleite

Mike Leite’s YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC43d6_zlCOZUWz42z5asZkQ/about

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