About Us

Anniqua’s debut novel,  Wild Boar in the Cane Field  was shortlisted for Pakistan’s UBL Literary Award 2020.  She co founded the blog Tillism طلسم – Magical Words from around the World.  Her writings on gender, education, and books have appeared in TNSNaya Daur TVInternational EducationRavi Magazine, Bangalore Review, Fourteen Hills, The Noyo River Review, Delay Fiction, Listening to the Voices: Multi-ethnic Women in Education, and other publications. Her doctorate in International Education focused on the implications of technology for women of Pakistan in higher education. She has taught at San Mateo Community Colleges, University of San Francisco, Lahore University of Management Sciences, and Stanford University.  She travels, writes, and lives between California and the Potohar region of Pakistan.

Selma Tufail, an artist, has always navigated through the worlds of literature, art, and education. Life’s journeys have taken her around the world where she has taught, written, and created art — in Spain, Qatar, the U.A.E. the U.S, and Pakistan. Throughout, she has continued her pursuit of creativity in all its forms. She was awarded the Order of Civil Merit, the highest civilian award of Spain. She is the author and illustrator of Con Yanci: When Chickens Fly and Other Tales, a children’s storybook. An excerpt from a memoir she is co-writing with Anniqua Rana is being performed at: Play on Words, San José’s literary performance series at the San José Museum of Art for “Our Stories, Ourselves,”  Her writings on gender, art and mysticism have appeared in, The Dollhouse, Pakistan Daily Times, Article in Shards of Silence – An Anthology, The Arabia Review: TESOL Arabia, UAE among others.

Our work has appeared in International Education, The Pakistan Daily Times, Bangalore Review, Fourteen Hills, The Noyo River Review, Delay Fiction, and other publications.

Tillism Founders Anniqua Rana and Selma Tufail
Anniqua Rana and Selma Tufail