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    Winner of the 2023 Nautilus Book Award!


I'm a social justice lawyer turned author and storyteller in the anti-racist and human rights spaces. I've appeared on The Moth's Mainstages in Boston and Philadelphia, at the Manhattan Public Theater for the House of Speakeasy, and at several conferences, campuses and other venues as a keynote speaker or a panelist. My writing at the intersection of politics, race, history, and Muslim America has appeared in the Los Angeles TimesTIME Magazinethe Chicago Tribune, and the Sarasota Herald Tribune, among other publications. In 2022, I earned a Pushcart Prize nomination for an essay appearing in the journal Farmer-ish

As a lawyer, I've worked in some of America's poorest neighborhoods, run a church basement legal clinic for undocumented immigrants, and helped very low-income women of color get the zoning and licensing to start businesses in their homes. I've worked as an advocate in a domestic violence shelter, a hate crimes researcher, and a community organizer.  After 9/11, I was a cofounder and Vice President of the Council of American Islamic Relations in Philadelphia (CAIR-Philly), doing education and outreach throughout the Delaware Valley in the midst of cresting Islamophobia.  

I now live in Ontario, Canada with my family on the traditional and rightful territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and am at work on my first novel.  

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