My passion is learning people’s stories: the way we do things, individually and as a society; how we share our values and face our challenges; what motivates our interaction with the world. I’ve written about subjects as varied as a child’s accidental death, a religious view of plastic surgery, the connection between public speaking and music, and much more. My special interests include religion, crime, health care/medical issues, and public speaking. You can read samples of my writing here.
I write The Straight Path blog for the Houston Chronicle and have contributed to the paper’s Belief section. I have just been recruited to write a regular column on civil rights by the MuslimMatters blog. I have been a regular contributor to Azizah, Islamic Horizons and Toastmaster.
I have a master of arts degree in print and multimedia journalism from Emerson College, where I received the school’s Presidential Fellowship, and a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from Goucher College.
For my journalism MA capstone project I profiled drug offenders going through the Roxbury, Mass. drug court system. My MFA final manuscript is a compilation of essays about the experience of being religious in America, including memoir, narrative essays and social commentary.
I am a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and served as president of the Houston chapter from 2012-2013 and chair of the 2014 regional SPJ conference. I’m also a member of the Religion Newswriters Association. I served on the local station board of KPFT/Pacifica radio from 2011-2012. I’m an avid member of the Toastmasters organization, where I have served in several leadership positions including 2013-2014 area P-6 governor.
From 2013 to 2015 I worked as the Communications Coordinator for the Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), during which time I was on hiatus from freelance writing.
I am a New Jersey native currently based in Houston, Texas, where I have lived since 2003.
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