Sonia Sulaiman

  • A Rosary for Mary, Queen of Palestine

    A friend, Kelly-Ann Maddox, recommended an interesting book of Marian devotions to me called Birthing the Holy: Wisdom from Mary to Nurture Creativity and Renewal by Christine Valters Paintner. In it, there are practices and devotions for aspects of Mary from around the world, a collection of her archetypes. In the first devotion, Our Lady… Continue reading

  • Spooky for Palestine

    I’m thinking of putting together some material for Palestinians in the diaspora who would like to re-connect to the ‘everyday religion’ of Palestine, as near as possible when not actually living in Palestine. Maybe through some articles here on Patreon? What do you think? I don’t trust putting materials on Twitter anymore… Continue reading

  • Palestinian Folktale: A Promise Kept

    Today, I’m sharing a folktale from Gaza. It’s about a promise kept, a story within a story, a riddle, sworn brothers, and the king of the fishes! There was and there was not a fisherman named Abu Hamdan who had no luck in catching fish. For days he went out and brought back nothing. So… Continue reading

  • A Green House with a Brick-Red Roof

    A Green House with a Brick-Red Roof by Rashad Abu Shawer. A flash fiction piece from A land of Stone and Thyme: An Anthology of Palestinian Short Stories. CW: dismemberment, war, death of children. The story has folkloric undertones making it a fabulist spec fic. Hasan and Zeinab are the names of the prince and… Continue reading

  • Fantasy Magazine Debut!

    It’s here! My Fantasy Magazine debut! It will be available for free online October 3rd. Continue reading

  • The Last Bride

    I received word from the Ontario Arts Council that they would not be funding my Palestinian folklore art project. I have one last piece that I’ve made for it. Maybe I’ll return to it at some point but for now, it’s shelved. This last concept for the Bride, or Palestinian dryad, is made in Procreate… Continue reading

  • Canaanite Mythology: Anat and Aqhat

    I must share one of my favourite moments from Canaanite myth: that time a hero turned down Anat’s offer of immortality. “Bows are for warriors–do women ever hunt?” Anat laughs in his face at this. “Listen to me, Aqhat the Hero, listen to me while I speak: If I meet you on the path of… Continue reading

  • Clarion Flash Fic Workshop: Week Four

    Yeah, I… look, time is confusing, okay? I’m finding it difficult to keep track of my place with the lectures, assignments, and critiques staggered as they are. It’s fine. But I keep writing my assignments ahead of time, which means I get nervous about having messed up the schedule. So far, I’ve written four stories!… Continue reading

  • Farewell, Strange Horizons!

    In the time honoured tradition of announcing secrets, I have news that I can only talk about obliquely. And change. Big changes. Today, I parted ways with the wonderful collective over at Strange Horizons. I was a First Reader for the magazine, but the news I can’t announce yet prevents me from having the time… Continue reading

  • I Lied

    I said no more social media platforms! I was DONE. So done. But no, I’ve signed up for just one more. It’s an old one, very old. Old as balls. I now have a journal at Dreamwidth. If you’re not familiar with DW, it’s built on the original code for Livejournal and works exactly the… Continue reading