STREAMS THAT LEAD SOMEWHERE is Fareh Malik’s debut collection of poetry, aiming to explore the intersection between mental illness and social racialization. Fareh Malik dives deep into his long history with Islamophobia, racism, and forms of discrimination. The book largely focuses on perseverance, and on the silver lining that is ever on the horizon with the expectation that you can make it out of any trial or tribulation, if you just follow your dream to wherever it leads.
“Malik’s candid poems unflinchingly investigate what is most problematic and upsetting in society while insisting that joy exists under all conditions.”
Fareh Malik, from Hamilton, Ontario, is a spoken word artist and written poet. He is the winner of Hamilton Art's Shirley Elford Prize and Muslim Hands Canada's 2020 Poetry Contest. He was also a 2021 Best of the Net nominee, and a 2021 Garden Project recipient. His individual works have been published by literary presses such as Waccamaw Journal, 86 Logic, Lucky Jefferson, Chitro, and Twyckenham Notes. In 2020 some of his work was on exhibit in the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. Fareh loves to tell the story of his struggle, and of the community around him, in the hope that others can find inspiration and companionship in it.