You begin where it always begins: with the toilet paper.

Pidgeonholes magazine (September 2021)

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Essay in Catapult’s First Print Anthology

A Map is Only One Story

(Available for purchase here)

In the first published anthology of writing from Catapult magazine, twenty writers – including me! – share stories of migration, family, the search for home and belonging, and read more…


War, Literature & the Arts Journal

JUNE 2019
Once, a woman sat down to eat her lunch. Read more…

Calculus  of Nightmares and Nieces

Longleaf Review

APRIL 2019

A bright blue car with extra-large, missing window panes, careens late at night. In the backseat, I’m exposed to everybody on the street. Read more…

What Do I Gain From Citizenship—and What Do I Lose?

Catapult Magazine


I fished out my green card from the same maroon case and handed it to the white immigration officer at a Customs and Border Protection counter. Read more…

Pushcart Nomination

Jellyfish Review


The wonderful Jellyfish Review nominated Not A Bar Story for a 2018 Pushcart Prize! Read more…


Midway Journal


A flash essay of mine was a finalist in Midway Journal’s -1000 Below: Flash Prose and Poetry Contest, judged by the great Lesley Nneka Arimah.

Not A Bar Story

Jellyfish Review

MARCH 2018

What she wanted was to write a story. Not the story. Not a life-changing story. Not a cautionary tale. She wanted to write a good story. A story that people would remember, or maybe forget. Read more…

We Need Diverse Books, But We Also Need Diverse Reviewers

Electric Lit


A sofa, a circle of light, a novel, maybe a beverage near at hand read more…

Where We Learn to Bang Our Heads Against A Brick Wall

SmokeLong Quarterly

March 2016

One Thursday, a goat walked into the classroom. The sixteen of us squeaked.

Strengthening Memory, Justice, and Human Rights in Brazil and the Southern Hemisphere

The Amnesty Commission of Brazil


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MFA Year 2, Week 1

Imagining Tunacorn and Skunkinex in ‘Immigrant Fiction’ Guernica


Immigrant fiction is usually meant to describe fiction about “the immigration experience.”  Read more…

Beyond Solidarity: A Woman of Color in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement



At my first protest march from Union Square… Read more…

Old City

Day One, Amazon.com’s literary journal

JULY, 2015

I walked out of the masjid, scanning the crowds for a glimpse of my father. Read more…

The Power of PEN: The Award to Charlie Hebdo Isn’t About Freedom of Expression


MAY 2015

On April 27, Salman Rushdie tweeted… Read more…

No Whitewash: Interview with John Keene, Author, CounterNarratives

The Offing

MAY 2015

John Keene is the author of the novel Annotations (New Directions) Read more…

Sites of Conscience: Past to Present, Memory to Action – Chapter in Museum of Ideas



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From Memory to Action
A Toolkit for Memorialization in Post-
Conflict Societies

International Coalition of Sites Conscience


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