Originally from Morocco, I migrated to the United States over twenty five years ago. From a Berber family in southern Morocco, I was exposed to the new world in the most culturally shocking ways. Regreting none of it, and reflecting up on all my experiences gave me the ability to see life in multi-cultural, diverse dimensions.
My idea of achieving the dream in America was multi-dimensional with varying degrees of redeeming rewards. Although I was blessed to experience the material dimension, my priorities continue to clash, thus creating the dilemma of not wanting to let go of any part of the two worlds, I have come to know and continue to discover endlessly: living the creative dream, and being as authentic a Moroccan Berber as I can be in the new world.
My world has been shaped by polarizing socio-cultural, political and religious perspectives on life. Although the Moroccan cultural traits have never left me, I feel that the power of integration into a diverse new culture has left its print on the way I see the world today. The way I am addressing those differences is central to Tinfou website.
I am currently teaching and working on finishing my first novel. I have also been hosting a weekly radio program on WorldStreams.org for four years. WorldStreams is an international multi-media resource offering diverse programs on music, the arts, culture, world politics and social issues around the world through discourse with both well known people and ordinary individuals with extraordinary stories.
The old Tinfou website is still accessible. It was created in the days when screen sizes were much smaller. Maybe it would look good on an iPad now. Many of my older poems are there.
You can access it here: Old Tinfou website