Shawk Alani is a writer and Liberal Studies graduate student at Simon Fraser University, writing about storytelling, silence and nightmares in Iraqi life stories. Her thesis, "swalef bibi: the liberatory potential in storying the everyday," is a deliberation on the storytelling practice of Iraqi grandmothers and matriarchs and the liberation it offers against hegemonic, colonial and imperial narratives. She is a co-founder of the Iraqi Narratives Project and the Capturing Our Stories summer workshops. Her writing has been published in Ajam Media Collective, Elsewhere Lit and Banat Collective. Shawk is visiting Incite and CCOHR in Spring 2019.