Neither Here Nor There: Perspectives on Identity by the Young Eritrean and Ethiopian Diaspora in America

August 31, 2009

Sample Writing

Just for discussion, inspiration, etc. I thought people could share work they have done in the past. These are just for sharing and will not be considered for the book (those will need to be formally submitted.) Book submissions of course do not have to be exactly like pieces here:

Here is a piece written by my sister Liya:

ethio kids on stage


Habeshannete Kurate- on being Ethiopian
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 8:56pm

My colors bleed together
behind this distorted glass
a dimension of my self
stuffing towels into cracks
to fend off shinkurt, berbere
until it is time to feast on
“Erre”… “ewa!”
no licking fingers at this table
no singing at this table
no eating alone at this table
No one left behind
at this table
decorated in elaborate Meskeloch
a luxury woven into everyday
jewelry, hats, shirts, bedsheets, art
You musn’t forget Egzihaber Yimesgen
Until the cross burns a place in you
You see the cross at the road between
here and there pointing with all its fingers
Left and Right and Heaven and Hell
Egzihaber Yirdachu, Ye Hagere Lijoch
They will dance a place into eternity
Laugh and praise their way into history
Break bread
at a Crossed place



  1. Beautiful words, thanks!

    Comment by Tariku — September 2, 2009 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! So, are we going to hear from you? Are you working on a submission?

      Comment by Habesha Diaspora — September 2, 2009 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  2. Yea, sure! Why don’t you mail me Naomi’s E-Mail!

    Comment by Tariku — September 5, 2009 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

  3. Great! Just let us know if you need to bounce ideas back and forth or if you need us to read anything. About Naomi’s email – we need to check with her if that’s ok. Better yet, email us yours ( and we’ll be glad to forward it to her.

    Looking forward to seeing your piece in the near future!

    Comment by Habesha Diaspora — September 8, 2009 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

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