Publications & Appearances



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“Sonali Exchange” – short story winner of the 2013 Peter S. Prescott Award for Prose Writing and the 2013 Lenore Marshall Barnard Prize for Prose

“Postcard” – short story published in the Nat. Brut Queer/Trans/Asian Folio

“Traditional Healing” – short story published on The Rumpus

“No More Stories” – short story published in anthology, Near Kin: A Collection of Words and Artwork Inspired by Octavia Butler

“Dark Spot” – serialized short story published in SpliceLit Mag


We Are Irreplaceable: A Night of Queer Asian Film, Poetry, and Art – performance with Jess X Snow at Amplifier Art Lab

Writing Your Origins – workshop at the 2017 Artists of Color Expo and Symposium

A Certain Type of Brilliance – 24 hour short-piece performance by femmes at Gay City Arts

Ever-Shifting Diaspora: The Writers of Kundiman – reading at Lit Crawl Seattle 2017

CRUX presents Embodied Utopias – performance lecture at Common Area Maintenance

Womxn’s Creative Industries Meetup – panel discussion on writing in the arts

Our Ancestors Dreamed of Us: Muslim Writers in Conversation – reading and panel at Asian American Writer’s Workshop

Project As[I]Am‘s Summer Salon – panel and reading at Bluestockings bookstore

The Present: Who Do We Create For? and Creating a Home for Writing – panel and workshop for the 2016 Muslim Protagonist conference at Columbia University

Our Own Reflections: Writing Complex Characters of Color – workshop at Hugo House, Seattle

Millennials Losing Faith – panel at 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival

Nothing – Paper Cuts podcast episode for ClockTower Radio

Dare to Use the F-Word: Zines – Barnard Center for Research on Women podcast episode

“Holding Hands” – reading at the 1,000 Words event for the Eyes on Bangladesh exhibition

Drop That Hyphen: On CommunityProject As[I]Am podcast

On Anti-Violence, Artivism, and Healing – StoryCorps interview with Purvi Shah


“Life After” – an essay on life in the Trump era published in Fragments Magazine

“Books: All Things Lose Thousands of Times” – book review published in Hyphen Magazine

“After Orlando, Healing and Ramadan” – an essay published in CultureStrike

“What It’s Like to be Gay and Muslim in America” – an interview with VICE

“Here is What LGBT Muslims Want You to Know after the Orlando Shooting” – an interview with Buzzfeed LGBT

“Legitimacy Issues” – an essay on transnational adoption published in CultureStrike

“Where Can Queer Muslims Go To Pray?” – published in The Atlantic

The Accordion Exercise: Experiencing Research in Bangladesh” – published on the Theo Westenberger Estate blog.

“8 Questions with Jordan Alam” – an interview with myself at the Aspen Ideas Festival blog

“What I Learned from My First Trip to a Korean Spa” – published in Refinery29

“Jealous of Your Friends? Me Too: Social Media, Scarcity, and the Capitalism of Jealousy” – published at BlackGirlDangerous

“Mannequins: A Response to American Apparel and Americans in General” – published in Brown Girl Magazine

“The Power of Rituals” – guest post for ThinkSimpleNow

“Last Book I Loved: The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” – guest post for The Rumpus

“A Clear But Nimble Plan: An Interview with Kavita Das” – interview for Project As[I]Am

“Reflections on Queer Dreams and Non-Profit Blues” – article for the Barnard Center for Research on Women blog

“Homesick Without a Home” – guest article for the Columbia Spectator

“Save Barnard’s Pool” – op-ed for the Columbia Spectator

Chasing Perfect: A Primer on Asian American Women and Psychology – pamphlet created for the Active Minds 2011-2012 Emerging Scholars program


Panelist for the 2017 LaSalle Storyteller Award through Artist Trust

Panelist for 4Culture Artist Grants 2017

Kundiman Fellow 2016

Washington State 4Culture Grant Recipient 2015

Washington State Artist Trust GAP Grant Recipient 2015

Guest Blogger at Refuse The Silence