Hana Shafi

Hana Shafi

Hana Shafi is a writer and artist who illustrates under the name Frizz Kid. Both her art and writing explore themes such as feminism, body politics, racism, and pop culture. A graduate of Ryerson’s journalism program, she has published and been featured in many prominent publications. Known on Instagram for her weekly affirmation series, she’s also the recipient of the Women Who Inspire Award from the Canadian Council for Muslim Women. Born in Dubai, Shafi’s family immigrated to Mississauga in 1996, and she currently lives in Toronto. It Begins With the Body is her first book. Website: thefrizzkid.tumblr.com. Instagram: @frizzkidart. Twitter: @HanaShafi.

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  • “Especially being a Muslim woman of colour, there is simply not as much room for us in the creative fields. I saw these barriers first in journalism, where my social justice pieces were either rejected by editors” – In Flare
  • “I think it started off as a mostly therapeutic thing for myself. It was something for me to do for myself to ease my anxiety and my stress, and have a sort of healthy outlet for things. Some of it too was just sort of natural” – In the Tempest
  • “I really want people to feel validated about their anger, their sadness, their struggle” – In New Sincerity 

It Begins With the Body

<p class="Bodydin79"><i><span lang="EN-US">It Begins With the Body</span></i><span lang="EN-US"> by Hana Shafi explores the milestones and hurdles of a brown girl coming into her own. Shafi’s poems display a raw and frank intimacy and address anxiety, unemployment, heartbreak, relationships, identity, and faith. Accompanied by Shafi’s candid illustrations that share the same delightful mixture of grotesque and humour found in her poems, <i>It Begins With the Body </i>navigates the highs and lows of youth. Funny and raw, personal and honest, Shafi’s exciting debut is about finding the right words you wished you had found when you needed them the most..</span></p>

All events with Hana Shafi

7 PM
Dick Lit's Festival Edition
Oct 13 @ 7 PM MT - 9 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2nd Street SW
12 PM
Tasty Bites: Andrea Dorfman & Hana Shafi
Oct 11 @ 12 PM MT - 12:50 PM MT

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2nd Street SW
9 PM
Poetry Cabaret
Oct 12 @ 9 PM MT - 11 PM MT

DJD Dance Centre

111 12 Ave SE