How does your work first enter the world? Do you have a social group or writers group that you work ideas and poems with?
The In/Words writer’s circle and the Emerging Writer’s Circle at Carleton have really helped shape my work as a writer. First drafts are usually bad, but I feel comfortable taking bad first drafts to these spaces. I’ve known some of these people for almost three years now and my writing has really grown thanks to them. My sister is also a great critic. If I’m writing a poem about growing up in Pakistan or being a person of colour, she’ll help me steer the poem away from clichés and such.