My name is Mona and I’m a Somali-American Muslim born and raised in the West Coast. I’m interested in human experiences + connection, spirituality and storytelling.

I’ve always loved writing — the magic of stringing words seamlessly together to create a visual image in one’s mind. As a child, I believed that the gift of being able to write so carefully and beautifully was unparalleled. Writers create worlds and entire universes, and then beckon others to experience the journey alongside them. How could I have turned away from that?

I write because there are so many things I don’t say out loud. With my endless stuttering of um’s and I don’t knows, the gnawing hesitance I feel at times when it comes to speech — I somehow seem to find a way to put my thoughts into words instead.

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