Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed

@tazzystar

...is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles. She was a long-time writer for Sepia Mutiny, and was recently published in the anthology Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and currently writes a monthly column called Radical Love. Her personal projects include writing about Brown music at Mishthi Music where she just co-produced Beats for Bangladesh: A Benefit Album in Solidarity with the Garment Workers of Rana Plaza, making #MuslimVDay Cards and curating images for Mutinous Mind State. Taz also organizes with Bay Area Solidarity Summer and South Asians for Justice – Los Angeles. You can find her rant at @tazzystar and at tazzystar.blogspot.com.

 
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Zahra Noorbakhsh

@ZahraComedy

... is a writer, actor and comedian based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The New Yorker Magazine dubbed her one woman show "All Atheists Are Muslim" a highlight of the Int'l New York City Fringe Theater Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America.  Her most recent one woman show "Hijab and Hammerpants" is playing in theaters around the Bay Area.  As a comedian, Zahra was a finalist in the Aspen National Rooftop College Comedy Competition and has performed with international acts, Maz Jobrani (Axis of Evil), and Shazia Mirza (Last Comic Standing).  She was published in the anthology Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women.  She is a member of the SF Writer's Grotto where she currently teaches courses in comedy writing and storytelling.  You can find her rant at @zahracomedy and at www.zahracomedy.com.