I'm an Iranian-American writer and author of THE FORTUNE CATCHER, a novel of a young woman—American and Iranian, Jewish and Muslim—caught in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. I write and speak on issues of immigration, religious fundamentalism, women’s rights, and what I think it means to be an American. My essays and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, and Medium. You can read many of them here. I was the Program Director for the 25 literary salons of Book Group Expo and taught writing for the Afghan Women's Writing Project. I'm a judge for The California Center for the Book’s Letters About Literature Contest and for the Lakota Children's Enrichment Writing Project. I'm a member of the National Book Critics Circle, The Author's Guild and The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. I regularly conduct interviews, panel discussions, and conversations with authors such as Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, Anna Quindlen, Po Bronson, and many others.