In the Name of Allah
Most Gracious-Most Merciful
W.B. Abdullah has been an avid reader and writer since she can remember. Her poetry and illustrations were published early in life throughout her primary and secondary education. W.B. Abdullah accredits reading with her embrace of Islam at the tender age of 16. She has always particularly loved the ability of books to transport readers to other times and places, and effectively uses them as her personal time travel machine while working as a stay-at-home-mother.
W.B. Abdullah has a B.F.A. in Art Education (with full licensure to teach Pre-K-12th grade) and a B.A. in International Studies. While mapping out her graduate studies and “newly” chosen career in the literary arts, W.B. Abdullah currently writes for Azizah Magazine and on her blog, The Sandal (http://wbabdullah.wordpress.com). Part travelogue, part journal, part Islamic History 101, the blog takes its name from the sandal of the Prophet (saws) in the hopes of inspiring readers to walk in the footsteps of the prophets (pbut).W.B. Abdullah hopes to have her own stories published one day for children and adults insh’Allah and is currently working on a novel, a few short stories, and some children’s stories. She is fluent in 3½ languages (Spanish, English, and Russian), and is still working on that Arabic! W.B. Abdullah lives in Maryland near her native D.C.
Organization and Group Membership/Affiliations
National Art Education Association
Virginia Art Education Association
Historians of Islamic Art Association
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, Inc.
Islamic Writers Alliance
Brown, W. (2001). The laundress. In A celebration of young poets: Atlantic-Fall 2000 (p.7). Logan, UT: Creative Communication, Inc.
Brown, W. (2000). Voices from the seams. In D.L. Gaston (Ed.), Urban inkslingers (pp.22-23). Washington, DC: National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Alvarez, J., Choi, M. J., Lazo, L., Jorgensen, S., Nguyen, H., Perez, J., . . . Brown, W. (2000). Renga: The end of the workshop. In D.L. Gaston (Ed.), Urban inkslingers (p.54). Washington, DC: National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Brown, W. (1999). And you wonder? In The Do the Write Thing sixth annual challenge program anthology. Washington, DC: Do The Write Thing Program.
Abdullah, W.B. (2010-i'A). Have you met Jameelah Salih? [Review of the book The size of a mustard seed, by Umm Juwayriyah]. Azizah Magazine, 6(2), 24. Forthcoming insh’Allah.
Abdullah, W.B. (2010-i'A). Finding the one or Finding love in a headscarf [Working titles for review of the book Love in a headscarf: Muslim woman seeks the one by Shelina Zahra Janmohamed]. Azizah Magazine, 6(2), 25. Forthcoming insh’Allah.
Abdullah, W.B. (2010-i'A). Finding one’s place in Islam [Review of the book The butterfly mosque by G. Willow Wilson]. Azizah Magazine, Forthcoming insh’Allah.
Abdullah, W.B. (2010-i’A). The gift of Islamic romance! [Review of the book The Gift by Zaipah Ibrahim].Azizah Magazine. Available from the Azizah Magazine website insh’Allah shortly.
Simmons, L.A. (1996). Meet Kofi, Maria, and Sunita: Family life in Ghana, Peru, and India (W. Brown, Illus.). Peterborough, NH: Cobblestone Publishing Inc.
BP Community Scholarship Award (2003-2006)
Honorable Mention for Cultural Headpiece: “Wedding Harvest” at the 2003 Brunswick Stew Festival
Reverend Dr. Clark Lobenstine Scholarship Award by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (2003)
George Schia Scholarship Award by the National Council on US-Arab Relations (2006)