Ms. Sahar Mustafah

Illinois, United States

Member Since: 08/25/2012

Sahar Mustafah writes about “the others”—Arabs in the United States and abroad, who are often deemed strange and disparate from the larger racial community. She hopes her readers discover how familiar they actually are through her stories of love, loss, family, oppression, and triumph—or in short, the human experience. She earned her MFA from Columbia College and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in anthologies and journals including The Bellevue Literary Review, Story, Great Lakes Review, Word Riot, Flyleaf, Hair Trigger, HYPERtext, and Chicago Literati, and she’s performed with 2nd Story Chicago. Most recently, she was named among “25 Writers to Watch” by the Guild Literary Complex of Chicago. She’s a teacher and a proud co-founder of Bird’s Thumb, an online literary journal devoted to new and emerging voices Visit her at











Twitter Username: @saharmustafah


  • Dinarzad's Children: Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction , University of Arkansas Press (January 2004)
  • Shisha Love , Word Riot (December 2013)
  • Writing Lessons , Ploughshares (June 5, 2013)
  • Light Wash , Mizna (December 2012)
  • No Photo Available , HYPERtext (February 14, 2014)
  • Torn , Flyleaf Journal (March 1, 2014)
  • Arabs in Chicago , Great Lakes Review (June 1, 2014)
  • A Room of One's Own Without Windows , Chicago Literati (April 24, 2015)


  • Literary Guild Complex Fiction Award(2012)
  • Pushcart Nomination, "Shisha Love"(2012)
  • David Friedman Award for Best Story(2015)


  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from Columbia College Chicago (May 2014)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction