Zaina Arafat is an Arab-American writer. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Catapult Books, and she is also at work on an essay collection. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, The Believer, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor, BuzzFeed, VICE, and NPR, among other publications. She is the 2018 recipient of the Arab Women/Migrants from the Middle East fellowship at Jack Jones Literary Arts. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa, The School of the New York Times, Catapult and Sackett Street Writers', as well as abroad in the Middle East and North Africa. She has also led workshops through the Writer's Guild Initiative for DACA recipients and Muslim writers. She holds an M.F.A. from Iowa and an M.A. from Columbia University. She grew up between the U.S. and the Middle East and she currently lives in Brooklyn.