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


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


Kundiman Fellow 2016

Washington State 4Culture Grant Recipient 2015

Washington State Artist Trust GAP Grant Recipient 2015

Guest Blogger at Refuse The Silence