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Humera Afridi is a New York-based writer of Pakistani origin.  She left Pakistan at age 12 and spent her teenage years in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. She earned a BA at Mount Holyoke College, an MA at Carnegie Mellon University and was the recipient of a New York Times Fellowship at New York University, where she earned an MFA in creative writing.  In 2011, Humera was a Fiction Fellow at The Writers Institute, The CUNY Graduate Center. Her work has appeared in Granta (online), in The New York Times and the anthologies And the World Changed (Feminist Press, 2008), 110 Stories. New York Writes After September 11 (NYU Press, 2002) and Leaving Home (Oxford University Press, 2001). She is currently an Open City Fellow at the Asian American Writers Workshop, writing about the alluring dissonances that exist in lively Jackson Heights.  She lives with her Darth Vader-infatuated five year old son in Manhattan.

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Patience and Fortitude, the famous library lions!

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Alex Kahn demonstrating a pen light at the puppet workshop at Westbeth.

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Sophia Michahelles on paying homage to handwriting and the inspiration behind the Ex Libris ballerina.