I write and I dream. I stargaze and I think. I run and I imagine and I sometimes even fall in love. I read and I collect. There’s an archive in my head.
I was born in a tiny little town way up North in Michigan the week that the Berlin wall fell.
Most of my childhood was spent in and around Ann Arbor. I moved to Manhattan a little over four years ago to attend Columbia and I haven’t really looked back since: I love New York more than any other place in the world. And I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s the perfect place for wanderers; for those of us who need equally and simultaneously to be alone and surrounded.
I studied history and human rights in college. If you must know, I mostly focused on issues related to the modern Middle East, especially the intersections between politics, torture, and narrative in Middle Eastern states.
Very important facts:
- I just bought a sparrow-printed duvet cover and insert. I’m already in love with it.
- My favorite birds are owls and cardinals.
- My therapist is better than your therapist.
- I always eat dessert.
- I come from a family of scientists: doctors, chemists, engineers, mathematicians, neuroscientists, and computer scientists.
- My name means seashore; it’s an old Persian word from a Hafiz poem.
- My favorite pattern is paisley.
- I don’t exactly have a big girl job.
- The only vegetables that I dislike are: tomatoes, beets, pickles, and olives.
- My OCD is not well controlled.
- I like short sentences sometimes and other times I like long sentences; I use a lot of semi-colons when I’m waffling about a sentence’s proper length.
- My favorite food combination is peanut butter and chocolate.
- I have taken my writing seriously since I was 13 years old.