"I use writing to express my thoughts about the world and raise awareness on human rights through creative writing. It overwhelms at times to hear things and as a Muslim I’d like to raise more awareness about the discrimination we face and bring a new, positive perspective on my faith."
"I just realised, wow, I can do this. I can keep on writing stories. In the past I’d finish a story and wonder if I would ever complete a story again...was it just a stroke of luck that I came up with an ending? But I’ve realised it isn’t luck, it’s time and it’s hard work."
"When I first started writing it was because I heard some hip hop I fell in love with as a kid and it quickly became a fun and cool thing to do for me. I later figured out that writing actually helps me to be able to process and express any emotions I may be struggling with and it can help in a big way when it comes to mental health."
"It was by talking to other fellows when I realised how important these spaces are to getting voices and stories that we wouldn’t usually hear, out there. I heard about some interesting projects that wouldn’t otherwise get airtime and I hope to see them out in the world one day."
"Moving to Australia has inspired me a lot to continue writing. I’ve come to realise how much representation is still needed in Western culture, how much suffering and injustices continue to be unknown by the world, and also how hard it is for many Peruvians (or Latinx) to find a place where they can talk freely about their culture and struggles."
"I think I’ve been trying to blend in for too long and sometimes I forget where I come from. In all honesty, I never considered myself to be 100% Brazilian as my family comes from all parts of the world, we have Spanish, Hungarian, Austrian, Italian, and Jewish heritage, so sometimes it’s hard for me to write about Brazil and Brazil only."