The Lazuli Staff
Sakina B. Fakhri
Co-editor of AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought
Sakina B. Fakhri is a novelist and screenwriter based in Brooklyn. She received her B.A. in literature from Northwestern University and completed her M.A. at New York University; subsequently, she was part-founder and teacher at a high school in Cairo, Egypt and now owns and runs Scintilla Tutors, a boutique test prep company in NYC.
Committed to writing in all of its forms (except the factual!), she believes that, given enough time and enough creativity, nothing should ever have to be said in quite the same way twice. Her literary aesthetic tends towards theme-driven ornate prose, lyrical fiction, controlled absurdism, and political satire. Her first novel, The Speech of Flowers and Voiceless Things, probes the idea of a web of globalized mistranslations against a backdrop of a personable philanthropic enterprise and a caricaturesque dictator. Her first short film, "The Word Trader," debuted in 2013 at the Cannes Film Festival Court Metrage; her second short film, “Corner Piece,” was the winner of the 2015 Los Angeles Movie Award for Best Screenplay.
Her fiction has been published in Gemini Magazine and Hive. She continues to develop television and feature film concepts as she writes her second novel, which intertwines motifs of micro-trading, blindness, particle physics, and ballet.
Read Sakina's writing here.
Co-founder / Editor-at-Large /
Co-editor of Volumes 1-4 of
AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought
Diana McClure is a writer and photographer. Based in Brooklyn, Diana’s art writing and photographs are meditations on joy, spatial design, objects and social inquiry. Her work aims to bring people and their environments into positive relationships.
In-house Illustrator for AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought
Evgenia Barsheva is a New York-based illustrator, musician and florist. Originally from Moscow, her artistic work across genres speaks to nuanced poetic tendencies laced with emotional expressiveness.