I am a poet, writer, and artist. I create videos about my poems, aphasia, and Afghanistan. I thrive on discovery, finding beauty in the simple, poetry in the unexpected, and potential in the discarded.
I am Felisa Hervey (Farzana Marie), PhD. I attained my degree from the University of Arizona's School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies. I am fascinated with Persian literature, specifically contemporary Afghan women's poetry. . I also hold an M.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
After receiving a B.S. in Humanities from the U.S. Air Force Academy, I served on active duty for over six years, including two consecutive years of deployed service in Afghanistan (2010-2012), where I previously served as a volunteer teacher in Afghan orphanages (2003-2004). I love Afghanistan. I went there in 2013 and 2014 for research, and I was contracted by the military in 2015, while I had a massive stroke in Afghanistan (29 Aug 2015). I have aphasia and apraxia: loss of language; not intellect.
My stroke – part I - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a87hyA_kc6o
My stroke – part II - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yA_RsvMeic&t=1s
My body is healing, slowly. Time.
“A river is made drop by drop!” Qatra qatra darya meshya!
I am the author, editor and translator of Load Poems Like Guns: Women’s Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan (Holy Cow! Press, 2015), poetry chapbook, Letters to War and Lethe (Finishing Line Press, 2014), and the nonfiction book Hearts for Sale! A Buyer’s Guide to Winning in Afghanistan (Worldwide Writings, 2013). It was in 2003 that I received the gift of my Afghan name, Farzana, which has since become my writing name.