Dearest reader,

I began Awaaz in 2005 to address a desire I had as a member of Brown's "brown" community. I was searching for an outlet similar to the one Awaaz has become for South Asian writers and artists and those who claim to be nothing of both. Though my interests varied and work consumed the day to day, I returned to this journal and its staff as a way of staying connected to my South Asian identity — an idea, I hope, we may explore together.

Consider reading through the works displayed here or in hard-copy and if inspired, please contribute or donate. Having been the Editor in Chief and now a dear fan, I know how difficult it is for a growing journal to gather submissions and raise money! To make a contribution of any kind, literary or otherwise, email us at

Jhale Ali
Founder & Editor in Chief '05-'06
Brown University, Class of 2008