Books · The Map of Salt and Stars

New title: THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS

Hey folks! I’m excited to announce that my debut novel, previously titled The Map of Hopeful Broken Things, has a new title: The Map of Salt and Stars. It’s slated to be released in Spring of 2018 from Touchstone Books (Simon & Schuster). To celebrate the new title, I’ve created a novel aesthetics mood board… Continue reading New title: THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS

Short Stories

“The Peaceable Night” to appear in PANK

I’ve got good news to share this afternoon: my latest short story, “The Peaceable Night,” has been accepted to PANK Magazine! The story will appear in Issue 12.2, which will be out in September. Keep your eyes out for it this fall!

Essays

Craft Essay at Bird’s Thumb on the Short Story and the Novel

Excited to have a short craft essay up today at Bird’s Thumb (in their Write Here, Write Now series) on using the short story form to jumpstart work on a novel as well as on catalyzing change in our lives & our work. “Every act of creation begins with a first impulse that things could… Continue reading Craft Essay at Bird’s Thumb on the Short Story and the Novel

Events · Novel

Tin House Summer Workshop with Naomi Jackson

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be workshopping my next novel with Naomi Jackson at Tin House this summer! From the Tin House Summer Workshops website: “The Tin House Summer Workshop is a weeklong intensive of workshops, seminars, panels, and readings led by prominent contemporary writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.” It’s sure to be… Continue reading Tin House Summer Workshop with Naomi Jackson

Events · Honors

VONA/Voices Writing Workshop

This June, I’ll be participating in the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA)/Voices Writing Workshop at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. I couldn’t be more excited to have been accepted! I’ll be studying with acclaimed Arab American author Elmaz Abinader (CHILDREN OF THE ROOJME; THIS HOUSE, MY BONES). VONA/Voices is a celebrated workshop… Continue reading VONA/Voices Writing Workshop

Events · Honors

Montalvo Arts Center Lucas Artists Program Literary Arts Fellowship

I am absolutely honored, humbled, and thrilled to report that I’ve been accepted as a 2017-2020 Montalvo Arts Center Lucas Artists Program Literary Arts Fellow in fiction! Thank you so much, Montalvo Arts Center! Literary Arts Fellowships are awarded to 25 writers (fiction writers, non-fiction writers, poets, and playwrights) of exceptional talent and promise across… Continue reading Montalvo Arts Center Lucas Artists Program Literary Arts Fellowship

Short Stories

The Kenyon Review Short Story Acceptance

I’m very thrilled and honored that The Kenyon Review has accepted my short story, “Wing,” for publication! The Kenyon Review is one of the most well-respected literary magazines in the US. Since it was founded in 1939,┬áKR has published the work of celebrated writers such as Maya Angelou, Louise Erdrich, Flannery O’Connor and many others.… Continue reading The Kenyon Review Short Story Acceptance

Short Stories

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize

I am honored that Gulf Stream Literary Magazine has nominated my short story, “We Will Tell Our Children,” for a Pushcart Prize! The story first appeared in Issue 14 of Gulf Stream. I read this story at RAWI+Mizna this past June, so it’s a story that is near and dear to my heart. The Pushcart… Continue reading Nominated for a Pushcart Prize

Books · Novel · The Map of Hopeful Broken Things

Debut Novel on Goodreads

I’m humbled and excited to report that my debut novel, THE MAP OF HOPEFUL BROKEN THINGS, is now listed on Goodreads! The description from the Goodreads page: “THE MAP OF HOPEFUL BROKEN THINGS is the story of Nour, a Syrian girl who flees with her family as a refugee across seven countries of the Middle… Continue reading Debut Novel on Goodreads

Interviews

Interviewed on Creative Quibble

I’m honored to have been interviewed for the Creative Quibble blog by the wonderful Nadia Eldemerdash! We talked about my career transition from academic science to writing full-time, my forthcoming debut novel THE MAP OF HOPEFUL BROKEN THINGS, the Syrian refugee crisis, and my advice to aspiring novelists. You can read the full interview here.