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My name is Israa Abbas, a Sudanese-American archivist who obtained a Master’s Library & Information Science at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.This is the portfolio of my research and creative projects since being a McNair Scholar as an undergrad at Northeastern Illinois University. My academic/career interests are in digital humanities, library & information science, creative writing, and coding.


I create a form of digital poetry using coding to express the power of freedom of speech needed throughout Sudan, which is lacked in the Sudanese community. Since before the recent on-going revolution (2018-present) in Sudan, poetry has and still is a platform to express themselves. Using my writing and coding skills, I hope to expand on the awareness in the USA and abroad of Sudanese poems written by Sudanese poets to create a Sudanese Poetics Archives. Also, to diversify American libraries by archiving and cataloging cultural writings, while transforming Eurocentric poetry as an act of library activism. 

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A little background information about Sudanese poets fighting for free speech through writing poetry featuring Mazin M. Saeed and Raj Mohamed Bushara as part of Nas With Notepads – a poetic community that was organized by a volunteer group in Sudan (BBC News, 2017).

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</> Researcher’s Mentor (NEIU – 2020):

Matthew Sage (Interview – I.A. Podcast)


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