Brands and Promises by Author Fajer Alexander Khansa

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This short experimental piece of approximately twenty four hundred words explores questions of belonging from the perspective of a Syrian boy who lives in different places. First appearing in text on The Normal School, this is the first time it has been published in audio.


Fajer Alexander Khansa was born and raised in Lattakia, Syria and Tokyo, Japan. He moved to the United States in 2005, where he completed his studies at USC. His personal life and background honed a profound appreciation for diversity of perspectives, which he explores in his stories. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as The Glass Mountain Review (2017 Poetry and Prose Contest winner), Raseef 22 and the Normal School. He is a fiction reader for the New England Review.

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