Professor Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator. Randa grew up in Kuwait and Egypt, and she moved to the U.S. after the first Gulf War.
Her first book, A Map of Home, was published in half a dozen languages & won a Hopwood Award, an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes and Noble Review. Her new book, Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, will be out in 2016. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Utne Reader,Salon.com, Guernica, The Rumpus, The Oxford American, Ploughshares, Five Chapters, and others.
She has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Hedgebrook, Caravansarai, and Eastern Frontier, and in 2010 she was named one of the most gifted writers of Arab origin under the age of 40.