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Grand Canyon Artist in Residence


For the month of February I am blogging about my experience as the Grand Canyon Artist in Residence. There will be pictures, essays and other items of interest (including a web cam.) Latest post: A Naked Man Walks into a Bar - OR - How One Writer Fights Distraction. Come play! I am very honored to have this experience, and want to share it with you at http://www.grandcanyonwriter.com

Naseem's Latest Blogs

Nov.21.2013 - 11:47 am
We got the call at 9:15 last night.  It was a recording from the principal of my son's middle school. "Excuse the lateness of this call, but I think it's important you know...
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Jul.24.2013 - 5:19 pm
  The last words my mother ever said to me were, "Peer Gynt Suite. It's the Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg." Beverly Francis Rakha, right before my birth - 1959   We...
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Apr.19.2013 - 5:49 pm
  I am not watching the news. Not following #manhunt tweets. Or #bostonbombs. I did have on NPR for a while, but turned it off when some reporter questioned why Obama had...
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Apr.09.2013 - 7:36 am
My experiences related to the canyon have been on the order of a spiritual awakening which has left me as porous as the canyon's sedimentary strata, where rain water cleaves and...
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Comments from Naseem

Jan.15.2013 - 1:41 pm
In response to: Leaving my Home and Family
Yes, please visit and post. It will be nice to have a group to share this experience with. I imagine some lonely nights...
Dec.16.2012 - 10:02 am
In response to: Guns kill people
Jane,  I imagine that your community aches in a deeper and more visceral way when they hear of other school...
Dec.14.2012 - 11:50 pm
In response to: Homeless on the Reservation
My "weather bug" just chirped. Winter Storm Warning for the Northern Oregon Cascades. Just in time for the four truck...
Dec.13.2012 - 1:18 pm
In response to: Homeless on the Reservation
Four truckloads of goods will be brought to the Warm Springs Reservation this Saturday. And then again in January and...
Nov.21.2012 - 8:38 am
In response to: Obama's Tears
Yes, Elijah remembers very well. In fact we reinacted the night. Ten minutes before the polls closed we grabbed our...

Published Reviews

Published by High Country News
Even though The Crying Tree is her debut novel, Rakha entwines these twists into her plot with expert timing. Lucid scenes reveal the complex grief and enduring frustration...