I work with words. I'm a freelance editor, book reviewer, community workshop facilitator, and author of The Editor's Lexicon: Essential Writing Terms for Novelists, a short reference guide for fiction writers. My freelance writing has appeared in The Crab Orchard Review, Salon, The Oakland Review, The Oregonian, Publishers Weekly, Fodor's guides, and more. I have a B.A. in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University, took six college-level courses in Arabic, and began Warren Wilson College's MFA program in July 2017 as a Rona Jaffe Graduate Creative Writing Fellow. Read my full CV here.

As a writer, Arab American, queer woman, and military spouse, I'm interested in how people define and identify with one another’s differences. Since 2003, I’ve experimented with stories drawn from my Arab background and told them with a fabulist twist.

I live in Sonoma County with my wife. She's a medical officer in the Coast Guard and a fellow triathlete, and she's as extroverted as I am introverted.

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Oakland, Calif.