Matrilineage [Recovered] by Sarah Ghazal Ali

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Sarah Ghazal Ali is one of four artists partaking in our 2021 Editorial Residency, which is a 5-month workshop experience. Sarah and the other residents are currently at work on revising their final pieces for Issue 13: Rebellious Joy, and will be featured the final week of April. We cannot wait for you to get to know their collective work. Sarah is at work on a poem entitled, Matrilineage [Recovered]. You can get a glimpse into Sarah’s voice below, but please do bookmark this page and come back the final week of April to experience her poetry in full. And, in the meantime, enjoy the featured image above, designed by TSW Art Director Megan Sykes. You are seeing one part of the collective collage.


Sarah Ghazal Ali is a Pakistani writer born and raised in the Northeast. An MFA Fellow, Juniper Fellow, and Best of the Net nominee, she is a third-year MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She teaches both introductory composition and creative writing. Her poems have appeared or will soon appear in Palette Poetry, Memorious, Narrative, Tinderbox, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Waxwing, and Wildness, among others. She currently lives in California and is drawn like a moth to all things green and growing. Much of this past year was spent misting her houseplants, learning to identify local trees, and playing inordinate amounts of Animal Crossing.