An update + a hopeful promise

This blog seemed well overdue for an update. It’s been a little over two years since I finished my fellowship program at AUC and moved back from Cairo to the U.S. I’m living in Oakland again and working for AJ+, Al Jazeera’s digital channel. Every once in a while I get a chance to travel back to the Middle East; I just returned from six weeks in Doha, where I was working with our small video production team at Al Jazeera HQ.

I haven’t had much time to write over the past two years – the nature of having a full-time job –  but I have penned a few pieces for AJ+’s medium account about topics as varied as how African American girls are targeted in schools, homelessness and the tech industry in San Francisco and the history of persecution of minorities in the U.S.

I also published a short story in Cleaver Magazine and interviewed an Egyptian author about her newly translated, dystopian novel for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

I’m currently in the middle of reading “عايزة التجوز” – “I want to get married” – published in 2008 by Ghada Abdel Aal. It’s a good way to keep up my عامية or Egyptian colloqial, I’ve found. Both the book and the 2010 muselsel by the same name, starring Hind Sabri, are pretty entertaining.

More musings/updates/writings of all sorts to come soon, one hopes.












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