Translating “Hilm”

after Cathy Park Hong


Please fill all appropriate blanks with “hilm.”

She stood at the platform and waited for the __________ to make her interview on time.
Her mother’s __________ was not tall enough to reach the shelf near the cabinet.
As she walked past, the man shouted __________ at her but she kept on walking.
The professor told her that her __________ was offensive and that she should leave his class
According to her friend, the dress she tried on was too __________ to wear out.
__________ is a small book whose cover is worn through and is kept on the windowsill.
The airplane hostess said that she must __________ her belongings underneath her seat.
The boy looked down upon the __________ in his room and cried himself to sleep.
“__________,” she said jokingly while zipping up her jacket to keep warm in the chilly weather.
They never imagined that they would have to move away to __________ in their lives.
Her sister told her that __________ was the only way she would be able to go to the party.
The __________ in the blue sky showed that a storm was on its way.
He picked up the __________ in the store and his mother told him to put it down.
The fire was put out by firefighters who rushed to the __________ as fast as they could.
__________ is a purple rubber duck a baby plays with in a bathtub filled with water.
The lights flickered on and off in the __________, scaring everyone.
Inside the house, the __________ was on and there was the smell of dinner being made.
The shirt she wore had a __________ on it, which showed her pride.
Her __________ is what allowed her to walk away from the insults being thrown her way



What does genre mean to you and how does it build/unbuild your work?
Genre is what I make it to be. My writing is fueled by emotions, creativity, and inspiration, so I refuse to fit myself nor my work within a box someone else has created. I am a multi-faceted and intersectional being, and therefore – so is my work. By looking at genre in this manner, I am able to begin writing as anyone does, but then slowly unbuild and stretch out of the bounds to make my writing reflect who I am.


Isra Cheema is a Muslim American Pakistani woman who was born in the heart of Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BA in English Education. Her passion for making a difference in students’ lives by providing them with different perspectives fuels her love for teaching. She also considers herself a lifelong student of knowledge, and aims to better herself as an individual by learning everything she can about her faith. When she’s not reading anything she can get her hands on, she enjoys studying and teaching Arabic, traveling, and spending time with those she loves.