My Publications

Available Online:

Cold Comfort” appears in Doubleback Review, Volume 2, October 2020. It first appeared online in the now-defunct Varnish – A Journal of Arts and Letters, Issue 2, January 2018.

Halfway ‘Cross the World: Pandemic Missives from my Jordanian Family,” was a winner in the Sacred Essays contest of the Center for Interfaith Relations, June 2020.

a mediocre white man” (flash memoir) appears on Tiferet Journal‘s Community blog, April 2019.

That Other Hijab Story” was chosen as the Culture and Ideas Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards, and appears on the blogs of both and, April 2019. It first appeared in From Sac, Volume 4, 2016.

The Worst Tenth Grader” appears in The Font – A Literary Journal for Language Teachers, 2018, Volume 2; one of nine finalists for The Southampton Review’s 2017 Frank McCourt Prize for Memoir, and a version was recorded at the 6th annual Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of New York story slam.

Khawaaga: Eyes Always Watching” appears in Duende, Spring 2018: States of Mind; nominated for the 2018 Best of the Net anthology by Sundress Publications.

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

Feast Days / أيام الأعياد” (self-translated poem) appears in Lunch Ticket, Issue 12, Winter 2017.

Becoming Bedouin: Daughter, Teacher, Sister” appears online and in print in Silk Road Review: a literary crossroads, Issue 18: The Architecture of Identity, Fall 2017; finalist in the Nonfiction “Identity” Contest, Cardinal Sins, Winter 2017. It will be reprinted in the Being Home anthology edited by Sam Pickering & Bob Kunzinger, Madville Press, October 2021

Neither of Us Quite Bedouin” appears in The Matador Review, Summer 2017.

Trusting Sayf” (fiction) appears in Newfound, March 2017.

Terrorist or Tragedy? My Struggle with the Tale of Sajida al-Rishawi” appears in Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, Online Issue #16, Winter 2016; nominated for the 2017 Best of the Net anthology by Sundress Publications, and an Honorable Mention in the 45th New Millennium Writing Awards.

Passing the Peace: A Tradition in Many Faiths” was published as a resource for Unitarian Universalist religious educators and worship leaders.

Print Only, or Out-of-Print:

Sid Ismahan’s Brothers and Daughters” appears in CONSEQUENCE, Volume 12, Spring 2020, and will be re-printed in the Flip Sides anthology from Wising Up Press in Spring 2021; previously one of ten finalists for the 2017 writing contest at Epiphany: a literary magazine, a semi-finalist in Ruminate Magazine‘s 2018 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize, and one of six finalists chosen by Cheryl Strayed for the Cutbank 2019 Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction.

Taxi, Train and Felucca: Trust on the Nile” appears in Issue 9, “Rivalry,” of Shooter Literary Magazine; previously shortlisted for the Stories That Need to Be Told 2018 anthology.

Bringing Umm Saleh Home” appears in the Caregiving issue of Michigan Quarterly Review 57:4, Fall 2018.

What To Do In a Terror Alert” (poem) appeared online in the now-defunct Forage Poetry Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4, Fall 2016; reprinted in The Poeming Pigeon: In the News edition, September 2018.

Panic Attacks” appears in the States of La Frontera issue of  pacificREVIEW, September 2018.

The Peace of Iraq’s Mothers” appears in New Madrid, Journal of Contemporary Literature, Volume XII, Number 1, Winter 2017; reprinted in DoveTales, An International Journal of The Arts, May 2017, and in the Re-Creating Our Common Chord anthology by Wising Up Press, September 2019.

Snapshots of the Globalized Generation” appears in a 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; finalist in nonfiction for The 44th New Millennium Awards, 2017.

Say Praise God: Learning to be a gracious guest in someone else’s language” appeared in the now-defunct BLYNKT, Volume 2, 2017.

Public Speaking:

One Small Kindness.” Sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Midcoast, Damariscotta, ME. December 1, 2019.

Why Some Young UUs Leave.” Sermon at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, NH. December 2, 2018.

When We Celebrate Thanksgiving.” Sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Midcoast, Damariscotta, ME. November 25, 2018.

I was interviewed for the BLYNKT podcast, Episode 37, now defunct.

“The Bystander’s Dilemma.” Sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Midcoast, Damariscotta, ME. May 14, 2017.

The Influence of Islam on My New York Unitarian Life.” Lecture to the Women’s Alliance of All Souls Unitarian Church, New York, NY. May 18, 2016.

Our Interconnection with Muslim Lives.” Sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Midcoast, Damariscotta, ME. January 2, 2016.


Beyond ‘Time, Talent and Treasure” (guest blog) appears on the Website of UU Class Conversations.

Towards a More Inclusive Stewardship” (guest blog) appears on the Website of UU World, the magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

It’s Okay To Be Angry.” September, 2015.

“The New Egyptian Normal.” Feb 21, 2011. Reprinted on this site.

“Cleaning Up Cairo.” Feb 14, 2011. Reprinted on this site.

“Cairo from the Streets.” Feb 4, 2011. Reprinted on this site.

Upcoming Publications:

Lessons from the Desert, my essay collection, was one of twelve finalists for the 2018 inaugural Tamaqua Award by Hidden River Arts, a semi-finalist in the 2020 reading period for Sundress Publications, and one of six finalists for the 2021 Donald Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence.