What is GOATMILK?

WHAT is GOATMILK (the name of the blog)?

Milk produced from the lactating udders of a goat.

It’s also a calcium-rich, nourishing source of refreshment, as well as a soothing and beneficial alternative to cow milk.

WHY use GOATMILK as a blog name?

Using the lactic analogy above, this blog serves as an informative, topical, unorthodox, creative and hopefully useful alternative to cookie cutter, cardboard, yogurt media sound bites, news information and punditry polemics contaminating the net.

We hope you enjoy playing in our corner of the playground. And invite you to play along with us and the blog’s global audience.

SUBMISSIONS

Goatmilk accepts essays, fiction, poetry, art and commentaries from an international playground.

Submissions (which can include republications) must be quality in regards to its content.

Goatmilk reserves the right to publish or not publish.

All proof reading, spelling, grammar and citations must be done by the submitter. Pictures and graphics, if desired, must be included or attached.

Submit to: goatmilkblog@gmail.com

Peace and blessings,

Wajahat Ali, Editor of “GOATMILK”

WHO is WAJAHAT ALI?

Wajahat Ali  is the playwright of The Domestic Crusaders, one of the first major plays about a Muslim Pakistani American family living in a post 9-11 world.

Born and raised in Fremont, a city located in the Silicon Valley of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has been writing, producing and directing plays, films, and comedy sketches since he was a child, enlisting his friends to be actors and crew.

In Fall, 2001, during his undergraduate studies at U.C. Berkeley, he hesitantly began writing The Domestic Crusaders in order to pass a 20 page short story assignment due for a writing class taught by Ishmael Reed, and with his encouragement, transformed the piece into a play which premiered in 2005 at the Thrust Stage of the Berkeley Repertory Theater and San Jose University Theater. In 2009, The Domestic Crusaders premiered Off-Broadway in New York at the famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and broke their box office records during its historic 5 week run. In 2010, the play premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. (Millennium Stage.)

Ali’s The Domestic Crusaders was published by McSweeney’s in January 2011.

Ali’s essays and interviews on contemporary affairs, politics, the media, popular culture and religion frequently appear in the Washington Post, The GuardianSalonHuffington Post, SlateMcSweeney’s, Wall Street Journal Blog, CNN.com, among other outlets.

Ali is the lead author and researcher of the seminal report on Islamophobia in America entitled Fear Inc., Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America  published by Center for American Progress in August 2011. Foreign Policy Magazine praised the report as “a remarkable piece of investigative work, showing how small set of right-wing foundations and individuals have bankrolled the most vocal Islamophobes in contemporary U.S. politics.”

Ali worked with award winning journalist and author Doug Saunders to provide core research for his book The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten The West? (Random House, August 2012) Revealing hard data, statistics, facts and evidence that debunk inaccurate and inflammatory theories about Muslims and immigrants in Europe and how modern Islamophobia echoes similar responses to earlier immigrant groups, such as Jews and Catholics.

Ali  is co-editor of  I Speak For Myself: 40 American Men on Being Muslim, an anthology of 40 unique essays that received a coveted, starred review by Publisher’s Weekly (White Cloud Press, 2012.)

He is the co-lead drafter of the educational pamphlet What is the Truth About American Muslims produced by the Newseum’s First Amendment Center, Religious Freedom Education Project, and Interfaith Alliance.

He was the associate editor of Altmuslim.com and contributing editor to the award winning Illume Magazine. He is also a contributing editor to The Islamic Monthly magazine.

His first short story, “Ramadan Blues, was published in Powwow: Charting the Fault Lines in the American Experience, Short Fiction From Then to Now (Da Capo Press, 2009). His second story, “The Perpoose Story,” is published in the anthology Voices of the Asian American Experience (Winter 2011).

His first movie, “Ms. Judgments,” was a finalist for the 2007 Link TV Muslim American Film Competition.

In 2010, Wajahat Ali’s first long-form essay,  Could It Be That the Best Chance to Save a Young Family From Foreclosure is a 28-Year-Old Pakistani American Playright-slash-Attorney who Learned Bankruptcy Law on the Internet? Wells Fargo, You Never Knew What Hit You, was featured as the cover story for McSweeney’s SF Panorama Magazine. The article was cited by Atlantic Monthly as one of 2011’s best pieces of journalism. The article was also cited by Business Insider, The Consumerist (which listed Wajahat Ali as their “Hero of the week”), and NPR’s Marketplace Radio.

Ali is a frequent consultant on Social Entrepreneurship, Islam and Muslim Americans, post 9-11 Muslim American identity and politics, multicultural art and activism, and New Media Journalism.

In 2012, Ali consulted the U.S. Department of State and helped design, strategize and implement the “Generation Change” leadership training program to empower young global change agents and social entrepreneurs. He initiated “Generation Change” chapters in Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. For his efforts, he was honored by Sec. of State Clinton as a “Generation Change Leader” and invited to speak at the State Department Eid Dinner 2012.

He consulted U.C. Berkeley on their 2009 landmark “Islam Today: Youth and New Media” program. The yearlong program, focusing on politics, social networks and arts & culture, was designed to increase public understanding in the U.S. about Islam by looking at how Muslim youth around the world are using “new media” to create new virtual communities, explore their evolving identities, and confront harmful anti-Muslim stereotypes.

In 2009-10, He consulted McSweeney’s, a prestigious American publishing company, on their Muslim and Arab American community outreach to promote Dave Eggers’ award winning book Zeitoun.

He consulted “Voice of Witness,” a nonprofit book series that documents human rights abuses and issues of contemporary social injustice by using oral history and personal narratives. Their book Patriot Acts: Narratives of post 9-11 Injustice features stories on Muslim, Middle Eastern and South Asians facing discrimination after 9-11 (McSweeney’s, August 2011).

Wajahat Ali was honored as an “An Influential Muslim American Artist” by the State Department in 2008. In 2009, he was named a “Muslim Leader of Tomorrow” for his journalism work.  The same year, he received Muslim Public Affairs Council’s prestigious “Emerging Muslim American Artist” recognition and was cited as Young Muslim American leader by the Center for American Progress.  Wajahat Ali is the proud recipient of the 2011 Otto Award for Political Theatre for his play The Domestic Crusaders.

Ali is also a professional speaker, invited nationally and internationally to give keynote speeches. He has given presentations at Google Headquarters, University of Chicago, Princeton, U.C. Berkeley, Columbia University, Duke University, New York University, The Commonwealth Club, City Arts and Lectures, The Newseum, Brookings Institution, Council on a Parliament of World Religions, The Netherlands Writers Unlimited Festival, The Abu Dhabi Book Festival, among many other prestigious events, universities and organizations.

Ali is currently writing a TV pilot with Dave Eggers about a Muslim American cop in the Bay Area, California.

He is working on his first film screenplay with director Josh Seftel (“War Inc.”).

He blogs at GOATMILK and is an Attorney at Law, practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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27 thoughts on “What is GOATMILK?

  1. Apologies- I’ve reposted my last comment under the correct post. I don’t necessarily intend for this current comment to be published but just wanted to make contact.

    This is the first time I’ve encountered your work- in fact this is the first time I’ve heard of you and it is a pleasant discovery. I work with a Muslim theatre company and it’s quite difficult to find many Pakistani Muslims who appreciate the power of telling the story, so it’s always nice to find people who share the passion. I would love to know more about your work?

  2. uh…. is this thing on… (loud feedback) … oh okay …

    you know several cheeses are made from goatmilk as well. so you could probably accurately describe yourself with some sort of cheese analogy as well. something like: “the curdling of thought condensed into a manageable block of tasty intellectual nourishment.”

    you forgot to say “when is Wajahat Ali?” and “how is Wajahat Ali?” pls update for my sole amusement.

    wa salaams brother,
    ameer

  3. I read your article in Counterpunch, “Obama’s Uninspired Choice for Veep”. I am certainly not any kind of apologist for the Democratic Party, or any political swarm, but I have to say that it is always disappointing to read the words of a bigot regardless of their cultural background.

    You have so many seemingly important and potentially valid points, but it is lost in the hate speech and therefore non-digestible.

    A bigot of any hue, is still a bigot, sir.

  4. Salam. i want to ask about the text of the domestic crusader . how can i get it . would u provide me with a link . i am a researcher and i think it wiil be essential in my MA thesis .
    Best Regards .

    • Hello Wajahat
      I am from Australia
      I saw your play in New York on Sept 11 at the Poets Cafe on the Lower East Side. I do believe your play would be just as entertaining relevant and well attended in Australia. How can I get a copy to show it to some producer friends of mine

  5. I saw your play on September 13 with my friend Mona Eltahawy and rabbinical student Joshua Stanton. I posted a blog entry about it at http://www.multifaithworld.org.
    Thank you for writing the play and for working so hard to get it performed. I hope this is just the beginning for “The Domestic Crusaders.”
    Warmly,
    Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer
    Director, Multifaith Studies and Initiatives
    Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
    http://www.multifaithworld.org

  6. Hello Mr Ali,

    I am interested in writing an article on post 9/11 Muslim American writing and somehow stumbled upon your name – is there a more direct way I might contact you and ask some questions?

    Many thanks,
    Tamara Braunstein

  7. ITS WONDERFUL TO TAKE SUCH STEPS TO REFORM THE SOCIETY. I APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS AND WOULD LIKE TO BE PART OF IT IN ANY WAY THAT BENEFIST THE CAUSE.

  8. I am a forever-believer in the benefits of drinking fresh raw goat’s milk. Better than any other milk in my opinion…. And raw goat milk cheese is the BEST. Glad you’re getting the word out there. 🙂

  9. Hi Wajahat,

    I attended your talk yesterday at Zaytuna College and really enjoyed it. I wanted to also let you know that your efforts in creating awareness for the cause is admirable and inspiring. Thank you for being an active voice for the community and standing up for our rights. Please let me know how I can help to solidify the cause.

  10. I leave a comment when I especially enjoy a article on a website
    or I have something to valuable to contribute to the conversation.
    Usually it’s a result of the sincerness displayed in the post I read. And after this post What is GOATMILK? GOATMILK: An intellectual playground edited by Wajahat Ali. I was actually moved enough to post a thought 😉 I do have some questions for you if you do not mind. Is it just me or does it give the impression like some of these responses look as if they are written by brain dead people? 😛 And, if you are posting on other social sites, I would like to keep up with you. Could you list all of all your communal sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

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