Zaina Arafat is a Palestinian-American writer. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, The Believer, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, BuzzFeed, VICE, and NPR, among other publications. Her debut novel, YOU EXIST TOO MUCH, is forthcoming from Catapult, and she is also at work on a collection of essays. She is the 2018 recipient of the Arab Women/Migrants from the Middle East fellowship at Jack Jones Literary Arts. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa, The School of the New York Times, Sackett Street Writers and abroad in Amman, Jordan. She has also led workshops for dreamers and DACA recipients through the Writer's Guild Initiative. In her role as the Muslim Communities Coordinator at the Asian American Writers Workshop, she curated a portfolio of prose and poetry in response to the travel ban, as well as a Q & A series with Muslim writers for the organization’s literary magazine, The Margins. She holds an M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University and an M.F.A. from Iowa. She grew up between the U.S. and the Middle East and she currently lives in Brooklyn.
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