Every once in a while, a news organization will ask a poet about a conflict raging outside the doorstep of his childhood home, or begin a long form piece about a politician’s power struggles with an reference to a novel written before his birth. But as a journalist and reader, I’ve been frustrated by a lack of regular streams of writing on literature and politics, and so, decided to create one. The aim of THE ALIGNIST is to bring works of literature into conversation with current events in an effort to locate the Truth amid the facts. 

I hope you’ll read along as I tuck novels into newspapers and poems into political debates. To stay up to date on the latest from THE ALIGNIST, follow this new venture on Twitter.

Beenish Ahmed
founder and editor