Hello there. Pleased to meet you. My name is Anam Sufi and I am the pen behind the words and images that make up this little fraction of the Internet.
The universal element of writing is what fascinates me most; a writer’s ability to create a shared experience and sense of empathy that transcends any prerequisite of geographic biases. My interest in this aspect of writing stems from a childhood spent moving around a lot. My school years were divided over four different continents and six different countries; each with their own cultural identities and societal idiosyncrasies. In this way, I suppose my whole life has been conspiring to prepare me for who I find I am today: a struggling artist.
I don’t think there is a set formula to becoming a successful writer. Nonetheless, I went ahead and walked the pedantic path by acquiring a degree in English and Comparative Literature from the American University in Cairo, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Refugee Law from the same institution, and then a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and Publishing from City University, London. While these benchmarks have done a great deal to polish my understanding of literature, I have found that every effort to “learn how to write” pales in comparison to the lessons we learn through life. –And this philosophy is my foremost source of inspiration.
I write about what I see, what I hear, and what I find to be the overarching commonality shared by everyone in the whole world; how we feel. Ultimately it is that lingering emotion that echoes beyond the occurrence of an event or experience that enables us to know that we were / are in the presence of something beautiful. It is my desire to create that “something beautiful” that keeps me from folding on my dreams. You see, a writer is someone who is tragically aware of the passage of time, yet given a means by which to bend it to their favor. When given such a chance, you would have to be a fool to not try.
I read therefore I am. I write therefore I will always be.