Najwa Zebian: The power of poetry

By her Facebook page

At 16, she moved with her family to Canada, where she was bullied again. This time, though, her response was to stop writing altogether. “I didn’t want to feel anymore,” she says. It wasn’t until her early 20s, when Zebian began teaching, that she returned to poetry. “I had a group of young refugees in my class and I started writing as a way to empower them,” she says. It was her way of letting them know that she understood what they were experiencing as strangers in a foreign land. The success that followed has been a happy accident. “I never thought of myself as an author,” she says. “Writing was ­genuinely my only way of dealing with the world.” In 2016, Zebian self-­published her first collection of poetry, Mind Platter. But it was only after a number of celebrities, including LeAnn Rimes, Danielle Brooks and Hilary Swank, posted her words on their social media feeds that Zebian’s star began to rise. She now has more than 900,000 followers on Instagram and is at the forefront of what she describes as “a global awakening to the importance of actually feeling your feelings”.

Najwa Zebian: writing was genuinely my only way of dealing with the world – The National

“These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.”
― Najwa Zebian

“If they don’t appreciate your presence, they may never recognize your absence.” 
― Najwa Zebian, Mind Platter

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