Awards & Honors

2019 Jeffrey E. Smith Editor Prize, The Missouri Review, Finalist, "Triumph"

2017 Pushcart Prize, nomination, "Men After All"

2016 Distinguished Story, "Failed Treaties," Best American Short Stories, Ed. Junot Diaz

2016 Pushcart Prize, nomination, "New And Gently Use Hijab"

2016 Best of the Net, nomination, "The Melancholy Oud," Sukoon

2016 Willow Books Grand Prize Winner, Life, Move Leisurely (fiction collection)

2015 American Fiction Prize Finalist, "Code of the West"

2015 David Friedman Award for Best Fiction, "Wingspan"

2015 Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Certificate of Merit, "Wingspan"

2014 Columbia Scholastic Press Association, 3rd Place in Fiction, "Widow"

2012 Guild Literary Complex, 1st Place in Fiction, "Shisha Love"

2012 Pushcart Prize, nomination, "Shisha Love"


The Beauty of Your Face, W.W. Norton, 2020

Code of the West, Willow Books Grand Prize Winner, 2016


"The Case for Teaching Depressing Books," Lit Hub, April 7, 2020

"Make America," Peauxdunque Review, Inaugural Edition, 2019

"Small Children," The Palestine Issue, Mizna, 2019

"Lower Paradise Road," Sukoon, 2018

"The Arabians," Two Countries: US Daughters & Sons of Immigrants

            (anthology), Red Hen Press, 2017

Minola Review, "Mammogram," June 2017

Hypertext (print edition), "Men After All," Spring 2017

Midwestern Gothic, "Public Pool," 2016

Room, "New And Gently Used Hijab,"* 2016

American Fiction, Vol. 15, "Code of the West,"* New Rivers Press, 2016

The Bellevue Literary Review, "Failed Treaties," Fall 2015

The Grief Diaries, "The Thing Itself," June 29, 2015

Story, "The Great Chicago Fire," Migration Issue, Fall 2015

Sukoon, "The Oud" (novel excerpt), Summer/Fall 2015

Hair Trigger 36, "Wingspan," Spring 2015

Chicago Literati, "A Room of One's Own Without Windows," Feminist Issue,

     April 24 (essay)

Hypertext, "No Photo Available," February 2014

Flyleaf Journal, "Torn," Issue #3, April 2014

Great Lakes Review, "Arabs in Chicago," Summer 2014 (essay)

Ploughshares Online, "Writing Lessons," June 5, 2013 (featured blog)

Mizna, "Light Wash," Volume 13, Issue 2, 2012

Word Riot, "Shisha Love," Winter 2012

Dinarzad's Children, "Easy to Say," University of Arkansas, 2009 (anthology)















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