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Hira Mahmood

another peon with an english degree
Hira Mahmood is another peon with a literature degree, now pursuing an M.A. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in Atlanta, GA. Her humble writing background includes publications in Atlanta arts magazine BURNAWAY, Electronic Intifada, and the murky corners of the internet. She has lived in many places and as a product of the diaspora reluctantly recognizes her displacement via colonization. When she is not tutoring, working with Youngist, or organizing, she enjoys analyzing the crumbling of higher education, diaspora and migration, and subversive art in the age of late capitalism. For her >140 character poetics, follow her @HiraMahmood5.

My Stories

Leaving the Cops Behind in 2015

Hira Mahmood , Muna Mire , Isabelle Nastasia , Victor Casillas Valle and Queen Arsem-O'Malley on January 01, 2015

We write to you as dispossessed queer youth and youth of color from Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Oakland. Over the past several months we have taken part in a national uprising against police violence and the killing of...

The Silence of Art Basel — Police Violence, National Unrest and Other Stories

Hira Mahmood on December 23, 2014

I don’t call myself an artist – but that doesn’t mean I’m not intrigued by the artist’s world. From the position of a consumer and patron, I’m invested in exploring the false separation of art and the socio-political world. My...

Do-It-Yourself in the Digital Age

Hira Mahmood on June 21, 2014

The Atlanta Zine Fest is an annual conference celebrating DIY and handmade media. The first Atlanta Zine Fest, held in 2013, garnered over 300 participants, 25 vendors, and 21 speakers/workshop facilitators. AZF holds events and programs year-round, culminating in a...

Youngist is Hiring: Multimedia and Arts Editor

Hira Mahmood on April 29, 2014

Do you have a knack for film, video, web design, and feel a sense of collective responsibility for our world? Do you want to further develop community art while also fostering other young artists and activists? {Young}ist is looking for...

The University in Ruin: How Janet Napolitano’s Appointment Signals the Death of the University as We Know It

Hira Mahmood on July 15, 2013

According to reports, U.S. secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will resign her cabinet position and will now become the next president of the University of California. Napolitano will replace Mark Yudof who has held the position since 2008, and...

In White Times

Hira Mahmood , Muna Mire , Isabelle Nastasia , Katrina Casiño and Queen Arsem-O'Malley on July 15, 2013

We here at {Young}ist recognize the need to situate ourselves in the historical moments that mark our experiences as a generation. The death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman serve as clear indicators of severe racial...