I met Kate Bowler at an intensive writing workshop in July 2016 at the Collegeville Workshop in Minnesota. She came the day after everyone got to the workshop; I was walking along the sidewalk and she was seated at a table and I stopped to introduce myself. I’m not even sure how it happened: … More Eight Days with Kate
It’s been a while since I updated this blog because I’ve been busy working on a book for Viking Press! It’s called AFTER THE LAST BORDER for now and it features the stories of two refugees, one from Myanmar just as she’s resettling in Austin and one from Syria as she becomes a refugee. Their … More I got a book deal!
Ashley and I were the last hangers-on from a fun play date at a popular local playground. The restaurant by the playground is relatively cheap and delicious, so there are always a passel of parents there with kids. And it tends to attract a particularly Austin-y crowd: diverse, hippie-ish, a little granola. Ashley and I … More How NOT to Speak to the Mom of a Special Needs Kid
Because of my experiences working with refugees, and the fact that I keep ranting with love on social media, several people have asked me questions that I thought I might best bring together in one post. To the best of my ability, I’ve linked to neutral and/or reputable sites to back up my statements below. … More Refugees 101
If you haven’t been following me on Facebook or Twitter this week, you may have missed my as-told-to piece with ‘Nadia Al Moualem’ for Vox.com. I wrote the story following an interview that lasted for several hours with Nadia and her family in early December (the names ‘Nadia and Mohamad Al Moualem’ are pseudonyms–the family … More Notes on Nadia
It’s been a week since our new president took office. The sheer pace of this last week exhausts me. The number of things that are threatened are so varied, so concerning, I’m not even sure where to start. I’m someone who has friends from a variety of backgrounds; I’m always intrigued by people who are different … More Team Reasonable Roundup #1
You grew up in the city of Daraa, where everyone knows everyone. You and your wife moved in a few blocks away from your parents after the first baby was born. During the day, your mom helped with your son and the tiny scrap of a daughter who came next. As a Sunni Muslim in a … More You Are a Syrian Refugee