Seelai Karzai is a poet and educator who grew up on onions, turmeric, curry, and oil in a tiny apartment in Queens, New York. As an undergrad, she studied Shakespeare and Classics, but after graduating, took a few different turns by working at a publishing house, non-profit organizations, and an education technology startup.
She realized her passion for helping people and her community when she began to record her history in poems. She often draws on her lived experiences as a 1.5 generation Afghan woman in her writing.
Seelai has performed her creative work with the Afghan American Artists and Writers Association as well as the Muslim Writers Collective. And when she’s not protesting against the police state or eating, you can usually find her tweeting or exploring pastry shops.