Selected Publications

Here are some of my favorite recent publications and projects:


Produced “A Line Birds Cannot See,” a short documentary about one young girl’s journey to the US; world premiere at SXSW and winner of a Special Jury Recognition.

Produced the “Ask a Syrian Girl” Video Series, Teen Vogue22 May 2017.


Forthcoming: After the Last Border for Viking, Spring 2020. This narrative nonfiction book explores two women’s lives, one from Myanmar, one from Burma, after they were resettled a decade apart, and tells the larger history of the refugee resettlement movement in the United States.

“The Guatemalan Asylum Seeker Who Was Almost Deported–to Mexico,” Catapultwith “Rosa,” 27 March 2019.

“My Hijab Looks Great with My Cowgirl Boots,” Catapultwith “Jouri and Sham,” 27 February 2019.

“When Sleeping in the Room with a Dead Body Is Your Best Option,” Catapult, with “E.L.,” 30 January 2019.

“An Austin Family recounts the horrors of repeated bombings–in Syria,” Los Angeles Times, 23 March 2018.

“How DACA Impacted One 16-year-old’s Life,” Teen Vogue5 September 2017.

“What Stephen Miller Gets WRONG with His Comments about the Statue of Liberty Poem,” Teen Vogue, 4 August 2017.

“How One Syrian-American Teen Turns Her Angst about the Travel Ban into Action,” Teen Vogue with Spotify, 27 July 2017.

“Syrian Women Explain How They’ve Survived under a Leader Accused of War Crimes,” Teen Vogue22 May 2017.

“To My Daughter’s Birthmother, On Mother’s Day,” Huffington Post11 May 2017.

“My Family’s Immigration Would Have Been Considered ‘Illegal’ Too,” Teen Vogue, 12 April 2017.

“The Cruel Hypocrisy of Trump’s Sudden Concern for Refugee Children,” Vox11 April 2017.

“Was the Art of S-Town Worth the Pain?” The Atlantic9 April 2017.

“How to Support Refugees with a Microresistance Campaign,” Teen Vogue, 8 February 2017.

“In Trump’s America, Regular People are the New Freedom Fighters,” Muftah, 31 January 2017.

“I’m a Syrian refugee in Texas. I have no idea when I’ll see my children again,” Vox, 30 January 2017 (as-told-to piece written with Nadia Al Moualem).

“The Devastating Cost of Anti-Refugee Rhetoric Fueled by Donald Trump,” Washington Post, 4 November 2016.

“It’s a Brave Thing to Be a Muslim Iraqi Refugee in Texas,” Muftah, 29 February 2016.

Bishop and Brazil, dissertation, University of Texas at Austin, defended in 2014.


Translations of poems by Adélia Prado, Image Journal, 91, Winter 2017.

“Dinner with Dona Adélia,” Image Journal, 91, Winter 2017.

Translations of poems by Lêdo Ivo, Poetry Daily (, 20 August 2016.

Translations of poems by Lêdo Ivo, Image Journal, 89, Summer 2016.