Zaina Arafat

Zaina Arafat is a Palestinian-American writer. Her debut novel, You Exist Too Much, was selected as an Indie Next Pick for June, and has received acclaim from O Oprah Magazine, Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, NPR and Good Morning America. Her stories and essays have appeared in publications including Granta, The New York Times, The Believer, Virginia Quarterly Review, VICE, BuzzFeed, Guernica and The Atlantic. She holds an MFA from Iowa and an MA from Columbia. Zaina was selected as a 2020 Champion of Pride by The Advocate, and was awarded the 2018 Arab Women/Migrants from the Middle East fellowship from Jack Jones Literary Arts. She teaches writing at Long Island University and the School of the New York Times, and is currently working on an essay collection.