Essays & Stories

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Taking the Knife

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The Bereavers at the Crying Competition

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What Love Is

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Neither Slave Nor Pharaoh 

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Bad Muslim

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X Cuntry, in Nasty Women, Picador

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot & the Problem of Empire, LARB’s Avidly, March 2016

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Biblioclast, The Sun, March 2016

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A Field Trip, Kweli Journal 2015

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Against Domesticity 

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Why I Can’t Stand White Belly-dancers  / I Still Can’t Stand White Belly-dancers, Salon, March 2014

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How Can I Be of Use to You?, Booth, January 2014


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Two Sentence Story, Salon, December 2013

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Boaters, The Rumpus, April 2013

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A Sailor, PEN Flash Series, April 2013

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Building Girls, in MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine, Spring 2013

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Imagining Myself in Palestine, Guernica, May 2012

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The Gift, published as “Eighteen and Pregnant,” New York Times Magazine, April 15 2012

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From Alienation to Belonging: Guest-Editor, Arab-American Fiction Issue, Guernica, June 2011

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ReWriting the Story, UTNE Reader, March 2011

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Loosely Based, UTNE Reader, July 2010

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Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, Guernica Magazine, June 2010

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Deportation Order, The Progressive, March 2010

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The Missing Piece Son, New York Times Magazine, December 2009

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Accidental Transients, Five Chapters, December 2009

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The Story of My Building, Hunger Mountain, Fall 2007 and in Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World

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You Are A 14-Year-Old Arab Chick Who Just Moved To Texas, (a chapter from A Map of Home) Eyeshot

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The Lunatics’ Eclipse, Ploughshares, Fall 2004

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