Rana was born in Pakistan and raised in Kuwait. To pursue her love of writing, she "forged her father's signature" and immigrated to the United States at the age of 16 on her own. Leaving the desert, she found herself in the snowy woods of northern Michigan writing fiction, plays, and poetry at Interlochen Arts Academy. Afterwards, she attended Knox College earning a Richter Grant to fund her project writing 100 poems with 30 paintings based on in-depth research and interviews from witnesses to the 1990 Gulf War. She graduated Cum Laude with College Honors in 2013 and immediately started her MFA.
Here is a small collection of my previously published work.
My work is mostly abstract; I have a fascination with symbolism and color as well as how line can create and violate forms. What I love about painting, as a novice, is that it allows me to experiment without expectation. While, I primarily work in oil paint, I do use watercolor and digital painting as well. My painting collections are paired with poetry collections. Actual sizes are not represented.
These three paintings are part of a series based on interviews of people who lived through the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent Gulf War of 1991. The interviews were turned into a series of poems titled Bukhoor. This series was completed as an Honors Thesis through Knox College.
I am interested in teaching at the collegiate level, lectures, or workshops.
Cum Laude; Creative Writing & Political Science with College honors.
Studied publishing at the Denver Publishing Institute.
After being selected for publication several times, I was invited to join as a poetry editor for the magazine.
Aided in the editorial process and acquisitions of nonfiction materials.
Teaching ELA as well as speech and debate.
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