Updated June 10th, 2021

therapy, from Nayyirah Waheed’s salt. (2013)

My heart is heavy, so heavy, at the news of a 9 year old boy, the soul survivor of an Islamophobic attack that killed his sister, his parents, and his grandmother. 3 generations of the same family, gone in an act of hatred.

It feels like every single day, people of colour are mourning. Another day, another devastation, and we are still not numb to it. Our hearts break over and over again every single day. …


Adapted from my January 26th talk at Unruly Bodies II, hosted by With/Out Pretend & Margeaux Feldman.

See my interview about the event on She Does The City.

Art by Leia Bryans, lettering by Hannah Browne, made for With/Out Pretend.

To whom it may concern,

I am writing in regards to the body I received. I only got this body 26 years ago, well within the warranty period, and I have a few complaints.

This body seems to be defective.

First of all, this body was advertised as being fair, and thin, and beautiful, and hairless… But, it’s fat, and dark, and decidedly not hairless. I know the fine print says that…


From my talk at With/Out Pretend’s Unresolved Feelings III on June 20th, 2018.

Illustration by Louise Reimer, for With/Out Pretend’s ‘Portraits

THEN:

You asked me for my name at a time when I felt particularly invisible. This was a really difficult period in my life. I was feeling too ugly, too worthless, too single, too alone, too sad, too fat, too brown… It was hard not to smile back, as you flashed me a quick smile, and complimented my name. “That’s beautiful!” — Your smile was genuine, your eyes were bright.

“Thank you… Actually, my mom made it up by accident — she was reading a name in Arabic…


On YA & Coming-of-Age

Adapted from my June 3rd lecture at Trampoline Hall.

Katniss Everdeen. Triss Prior. Renesmee Carlie Cullen. Ameema Saeed.

We have more in common than just having weird names. We are also in a fight for something much larger than ourselves.

Overthrowing oppressive regimes.

Fighting vampires.

And advocating against the unfair stigmatization of young adult novels.

As an avid bookworm, and a bookstagrammer (that’s a book Instagrammer for you *literary types*), I read a lot. Like 100+ books a year, a lot. And like any reader, there have been books I’ve loved, books I’ve hated, & books that didn’t have any…


Living on the Intersection of chronic illness & fatness

Elevators stress me out.

Not because once, my siblings and I were stuck in an elevator for a few hours – thirsty, hungry, and scared that our parents would be mad that we were late coming home… and not because of the time when I accidentally peed my pants in a crowded elevator (8 was a rough age for me and elevators).

Elevators stress me out, because almost every time I decide to use (or not use) an elevator – it is after an intense, and fierce internal conflict.

You see – I have Lupus.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune…


A Reflection

Simple Things I can’t do with chronic pain:

Give a massage. Get out of bed (without AT LEAST 15 minutes of mental preparation). Take a long shower. Run up the stairs to catch my train. Tie my hair in a bun without needing to take multiple breaks. Open jars. Carry groceries in one trip. Button up my shirts. Get a good night’s sleep. Type for extended periods of time. Fasten or unfasten necklaces. Bring a hamper full of clean laundry up the stairs from the laundry room. Shampoo my hair (without needing a break). Make my bed. Text. Drive. Stand…


In Between Places

An Immigrant’s Story

(Some disjointed ramblings I had today).

Today marks 16 years since I first came to Canada.

For the most part, since coming to Canada, I have been met with kindness & warmth – however, I have also never been able to forget that I am ‘the other’. From blatantly racist rhetoric, to constant microaggressions from ‘progressive’ & ‘socially aware’ people in my life – as I reflect on the last 16 years, I’ve been thinking a lot about how often i felt that I did not truly belong.

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Lately, with the rise of anti-immigrant & anti-refugee sentiments, even though…


I am an Indigo Employee, and an aspiring bookstagrammer: @readwithmeemz — I have never done a book review, or anything like this before, so I don’t really know what I am supposed to say, but probably something like, my views are not at all reflective of the views of my employers.

As many of you may know, today is the release date for the highly anticipated book, Carve the Mark, by popular YA author Veronica Roth (The Divergent Series). I’ll admit that, although I LOVED Divergent the first time I read it, I found my interest in the series decreasing…


CW: Sexual Assault, rape culture

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

So, in honour of bringing awareness to sexual assault, rape culture, and consent, and combining these topics with my love of literature, I’ve created a book list of books relating to topics in sexual assault, rape culture, and consent.

These books are — by no means — the only books out there about these topics, these are just books I’ve either read, heard about, or seen at Chapters.

If you have any suggestions to add to this list, please feel free to comment or message me, and I will…


Where are OUR stories?

The Problems with Representation in YA Literature

My name is Ameema, and I love reading. Biographies, Poems, non-fiction stories, crime thrillers, short stories, inspirational tales, comic books, fantasy adventures, children’s books, memoirs — anything. Books have always been important to me — I learnt how to read at an early age, and haven’t stopped since.

At 23-years old, my favourite genre is (still) Young-adult (YA) fiction. I still avidly read and re-read Young-adult books — new ones, and the old ones I fell in love with at a young age. …

Ameema Saeed (She/Her)

Storyteller, Bookworm, curator of themed playlists, & tailored book recommendations. I write about books, unruly bodies, & my own lived experiences.

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