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DR. ANNIQUA RANA

At six, Anniqua self-published one copy of a book of poems.  At sixteen, she started writing a novel but stopped to accumulate degrees, BA in English Literature and Psychology, and an MA in English Literature by her twenty-first birthday.   After teaching in Pakistan for a few years,  she immigrated to the US with her husband and accumulated a few more degrees, another MA, and a doctorate in International Education.  She put those degrees to work for thirty years as a Professor of English as a Second Language and even dabbled in Educational Administration for a few years.  

In 2019, she returned to her calling as a writer and published her debut novel in the US and Pakistan, Wild Boar in the Cane Field. “A compelling and rare glimpse into the life of rural Pakistan”, according to internationally acclaimed, and an award-winning Pakistani novelist,  Bapsi Sidhwa.

In 2020, Anniqua decided to write full-time.  

She has enjoyed a fulfilling career as a Professor and Administrator at San Mateo Community College District and has taught at Community Colleges in the Bay Area Colleges, Stanford University, University of San Francisco, and Lahore University of Management.  She was on the team at the State Chancellor’s Office leading efforts to eliminate inequities in the California Community College System serving 2.1 million students attending 115 colleges. Anniqua has also worked with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan providing yearly training in Leadership in Education and Using Technology in the Classroom.  

Anniqua is proud she interviewed Asma Jahangir, Human Rights Advocate, Pakistan.  In addition, her writing can be found in  International Education, Listening to the Voices, Fourteen Hills, The Noyo River Review, Delay Fiction, Bangalore Review, and Naya Daur TV.  

Wild Boar in the Cane Field has been short-listed for the 2020 UBL Literary Award for debut novel in English.  Anniqua’s work was also recognized by The Desi Writer Lounge short story competition.

She has participated in Radio shows, Podcasts, and panel interviews in the US, UK, and Pakistan to promote her novel. More information is available on their website.

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SELMA TUFAIL

Selma Tufail never envisioned herself retiring on the Costa del Sol in Malaga. But after receiving the Spanish Order of the Civil Merit from Juan Carlos I of Spain in 2004, how could she not settle in Spain. Having laid the foundation for the very first Department of Art & Design in the United Arab Emirates at Zayed University, she developed an academic partnership with the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. For this, she was presented with the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award at Zayed University, and her bond with the Iberian Peninsula was forged.

Years spent teaching in institutions of higher learning around the world have given Selma a glimpse into a number of cultures. She has taught at Ajman University of Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates; Qatar University; and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of California Irvine. As a language instructor in Spain, she has also worked with bankers in Banco Santander and Banco de España in Madrid. All this experience culminated in a book of short stories written for children, but with an added depth that adults can appreciate as well. 

Con Yanci: When Chickens Fly and other tales was published in 2015. Selma  was interviewed on The Classics Show on Pakistan TV to promote her book in the region. It has since been translated into Urdu and Spanish and is awaiting publication. Her progressive, feminist ideas have appeared in The Arabia Review and the Pakistan Daily Times, and a recent article has been accepted by The Dollhouse