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

This episode was recorded on 6/30/2021.

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