Shaheen Qureshi is thrilled to be involved with Writopia Lab as an Essay Writing Instructor. She is currently an MFA candidate at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. Shaheen's writing has been published in TAYO Literary Magazine and Sukoon Magazine. Shaheen was born and raised in the DC area by multicultural immigrant parents from whom she learned to always be around good food, expertly interpret ESL, and appreciate the power of self-expression. She has previously worked with 826DC as a writing mentor, guest poet, and publications manager, and she has developed and led workshops to the wider community on personal essays and poetry. She is currently working on a collection of hybrid essays and poetry.