All Nonfiction



Becoming Bedouin: Daughter, Teacher, Sister

Being Home anthology, Madville Publishing, October 2021;
first appeared in Silk Road Review: a literary crossroads, University of the Pacific, no. 18, Fall 2017;
finalist in the Nonfiction “Identity” Contest, Cardinal Sins, Winter 2017

Sid Ismahan’s Brothers and Daughters

Flip Sides anthology, Wising Up Press, Spring 2021;
first appeared in CONSEQUENCE magazine, Volume 12, Spring 2020;
one of six finalists chosen by Cheryl Strayed for the Cutbank 2019 Montana Prize;

Cold Comfort

Doubleback Review, Volume 2, October 2020;
first appeared online in Varnish – A Journal of Arts and Letters, Issue 2, January 2018

Halfway ‘Cross the World:
Pandemic Missives from my Jordanian Family”

winner in the Sacred Essays contest of the Center for Interfaith Relations, June 2020

The Peace of Iraq’s Mothers

reprinted in Re-Creating Our Common Chord anthology, Wising Up Press, September 2019;
and in DoveTales, An International Journal of The Arts, May 2017;
first appeared in New Madrid, Journal of Contemporary Literature, Volume XII, Number 1, Winter 2017

That Other Hijab Story

Culture and Ideas Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards
appears on the blogs of both and, April 2019;
first appeared in From Sac, Volume 4, 2016

Taxi, Train and Felucca:
Trust on the Nile”

Shooter Literary Magazine, Issue 9: Rivalry, Feb 2019;
shortlisted for the Stories That Need to Be Told 2018 anthology

Bringing Umm Saleh Home

Michigan Quarterly Review, University of Michigan: Fall 2018

Friends With Goats

reprinted in L’Éphémère Review, Issue 12, September/October 2018;
first appeared online in the Amsterdam Quarterly, Issue 19, June 2017, and in print in the Amsterdam Quarterly 2017 Yearbook in December 2017;
nominated for the 2019 Best of the Net anthology by Sundress Publications

Panic Attacks

States of La Frontera issue of  pacificREVIEW, September 2018

The Worst Tenth Grader

The Font – A Literary Journal for Language Teachers, 2018, Volume 2;
one of nine finalists for The Southampton Review’s 2017 TSR Nonfiction Prize;
a version was recorded at the 6th annual Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of New York story slam

Khawaaga: Eyes Always Watching

Duende, Spring 2018: States of Mind;
nominated for the 2018 Best of the Net anthology by Sundress Publications

Say Praise God:
Learning to be a gracious guest in someone else’s language”

BLYNKT vol. 2, 2017, since defunct

Neither of Us Quite Bedouin

The Matador Review, Summer 2017, since defunct

Snapshots of the Globalized Generation

special post-election edition of Stoneboat titled “Beyond Red and Blue: Voices from America,” Volume 7.2, April 2017

What Never Happened With Ahmed

appears in Pilcrow and Dagger vol 3, no. 1, January 2017

Terrorist or Tragedy?
My Struggle with the Tale of Sajida al-Rishawi”

Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, Online Issue #16, Winter 2016;
Nominated for the 2017 Best of the Net anthology by Sundress Publications

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