Randa Jarrar

California, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2010

Randa Jarrar’s work has appeared in The New York Times MagazineUtne Reader, Salon, PloughsharesThe Sun, and others. Her first book, the Arab-American coming of age novel, A Map of Home, is now on many college syllabi. Her new book, Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, won a Story Prize Spotlight Award and was named one of Electric Literature‘s 25 best collections of the year. She has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, Hedgebrook, and others, and in 2010 was named one of the most gifted writers of Arab origin under the age of 40. She runs RAWI (the Radius of Arab-American Writers) and loves coordinating events and strengthening communities.

Website: randajarrar.com

Twitter Username: @randajarrar


  • Lannan Residency (2015)
  • Arab American Book Award(2009)
  • Hopwood Award(2008)
  • Story Prize Spotlight Award(2017)


  • Executive Director and President at RAWI, Radius of Arab American Writers


  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College
  • Master of Arts in Middle East Studies and Languages from University of Texas at Austin
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiction from University of Michigan

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry