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COOL FACTS ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • First generation US citizen--parents, brother, & sister emigrated from Iraq in the early1970s
  • Grew up in a home where 3 languages (English, Arabic, Assyrian) were spoken regularly; Mom speaks 5!
  • Plays the piano, wants to be much better at it
  • Went to an all-girls' hs (Merion Mercy, holler at a Golden Bear)
  • Graduated from the College of the Holy Cross 
  • Was in an a cappella group in college 
  • Had a radio show in college
  • Was a back-up singer for a band in college (lol college)
  • Received both MA and PhD from University of Georgia
  • Had a chunk of basal cell carcinoma removed from scalp in 2002, one sweet bald spot remains
  • First published story was in Spork
  • Did a reading "opening" for Ben Marcus days after giving birth to first child, was basically a leaky vessel
  • Won an O. Henry Prize in 2014
  • Was a juror for the 2015 O. Henry Prize 
  • Briefly worked as a copyeditor for Primitive Archer (a magazine literally about primitive archery)
  • Has 2 daughters
  • Regularly worries about God, the abyss, the narthex between
  • Reluctant dog owner to Frankie