New Series: Become a Better Writer + Write Better

As part of this series, every month I’ll be compiling and posting about the techniques and strategies that I incorporate into my teaching and that I myself use as a writer. Of course, we need to acknowledge the fact that better here is an ambiguous adjective; what does it mean to be a better writer? Continue reading New Series: Become a Better Writer + Write Better

Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2020

In a conversation I had with one of my close friends this morning, she told me that September is a month of new beginnings, but it’s also a month that can bring challenges with grief and loss. This does make sense; after all, without endings there is no new beginnings. Continue reading Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2020

A Turkish American Story: Selma Ekrem’s ‘Unveiled’

Ekrem’s is a story of displacement and self-realization—a story of reconciliation between Eastern and Western cultural codes within a transcultural space as she grows into independence as a woman and an immigrant. Continue reading A Turkish American Story: Selma Ekrem’s ‘Unveiled’

Monthly Wrap-Up | July 2020

As a professional who reads and writes for a living, not sticking with my reading goals used to bother me. A lot. Sort of like leaving a book unread or not finishing a book, you know? I’m sure you know (especially if you’re a bookworm). But as I transition into my new life, I’m learning to find joy in leaving a book unfinished. Continue reading Monthly Wrap-Up | July 2020

Hope and Resistance: A Door Between Us by Ehsaneh Sadr | Coming September 1, 2020

‘A Door Between Us’ is a poignant yet heartwarming reflection on the importance of breaking down barriers in an increasingly polarized, politicized world. It’s a contemporary novel that will remain relevant and inspiring for many decades to come. Continue reading Hope and Resistance: A Door Between Us by Ehsaneh Sadr | Coming September 1, 2020

Tips on Flying with Your Anxious Cat|during the coronavirus crisis

Cats are a lot more resilient than we think they are. If you have an anxious cat with whom you’re planning to travel, it is stressful, but it does seem worse than it actually is. You can have a successful trip by planning ahead, staying calm, and thinking of the reasons why you want your best friend with you. Continue reading Tips on Flying with Your Anxious Cat|during the coronavirus crisis