Jennifer Zeynab Maccani is a Syrian American author, a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), and a member of Mensa. Her debut novel THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS is forthcoming from Touchstone (Simon & Schuster) in 2018.

Originally from New York City, Jennifer was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother. After earning her PhD in the Pathobiology Graduate Program at Brown University, she worked as a biomedical research scientist before switching careers to pursue writing full time. Her work focuses on themes of Syrian American and Arab American identity.

Jennifer’s short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Saturday Evening Post, PANK Magazine, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, The Normal School, and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net. She is a 2017-2020 Montalvo Arts Center Lucas Artists Program Literary Arts Fellow in fiction. She is also an alum of both the Tin House Summer Workshop and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA).

When she isn’t writing, Jennifer can be found on the hiking trail. She currently resides in south central Pennsylvania with her husband (and critique partner) and their cat, a Maine Coon mix who thinks he’s a dog.

Jennifer is represented by Michelle Brower of Aevitas Creative Management.


Latest Short Stories



“Like Fig Trees in Winter”

“That day, when I came home, I heard the piano again.”

The Saturday Evening Post: New Fiction Friday series

“White Birds”

“The boy held his hands to the sky, cupping the clouds and the circling pigeons in his palms.”

The Normal School, Vol 9 Issue 1