A selection of my writing, including flash, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, column installments, interviews on craft & creativity, and copywriting.
Lost Balloon | Best Small Fictions Nomination '22 + Wigleaf Top 50 Longlist Selection '22
The psychic across from the dollar pizza joint on East 6th Street told Rohan he'd die at the age of eighty-five. His cousin Navya smiled terrifically...
Longleaf Review | Best Small Fictions Nomination '23
I’d have just enough money to get me through the next seven days of the month. Depending on where you’re from, this might seem doable. But in The Big City, it’s only possible...
Passages North | Print Only
There was a famous writer who wrote long books. He loathed the little book trend. The dimming attention spans of people made his furious. Of course, what he really hated...
* Read at the Bread Loaf Staff Reading in The Little Theater (August, 2022).
Pacifica Literary Review | Pushcart Prize Nomination '23
He thought about his grandmother and how she would tell him stories of jinn, ancient trees, buraqs, and giant eagles. About accepting the whispers of nature...
I’m not a fan of the capital “G” God school of thought anymore. Though, I cannot deny that participating, cherry-picking the goodness, is still therapy...
*Pull quote chosen by Editorial Staff to be featured on Issue Cover Page.
Litro | Editor’s Pick
She ushered me in. I stood in the living room I no longer lived in. Six years in this spatial arrangement. That’s an especially long time in city living. I moved precariously...
545 Light-Years from the Sun
The occasion is not Eid or Navroz. Chandraat, the new moon falling on a Friday, it is not. There are no shaadis. No one has been born and no one has died. It is a...
*Reprinted and featured as the story of the month at S'MAC eatery in the East Village of New York City for a 10,000 copy print run (June 17, 2022).
Road trip people are special people. They find happiness in vacancy signs. Lit up neon letters, backlit billboards, golden arches, waffle house announcements jutting...
* Supplemental essay in the Paragraph Form chapter of Jill Talbot's craft book, The Essay Form(s), forthcoming from Columbia University Press in 2023.
* Taught at the University of North Texas in Intro to Nonfiction in the Fall by Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Jill Talbot (September, 2022).
* Studied as an example story in Sara Chansarkar's Workshop, A World on a Page: Focus on the Story Setting at Crow Collective (June, 2022).
Column & Essays
It’s the best martini you’ll ever drink. Or is it? Technically it’s a spin-off: The Better Call Saul of martinis. E.B. White called the classic martini “the elixir of quietude.” Sounds like a snooze fest. I’m calling this varietal “the elixir of attitude.”
I look around and see people conversing, catching up, the clink of ice cubes, the banter of a nearby conversation, he saids and she saids, the maraca of ice in a mixing glass...
Here’s a pro-tip. The more millennial-sounding the branding, the more likely they’re pulling a fast one on you. Instead of buying the latest instagram influencer’s rosé...
No Contact | Best American Food Writing 2022 (Distinguished)
It's your Dad's. Well, mine. Let me explain. Chai is a time machine in a cup. The ultimate means of transport on the freeway of memory. It is simply not the same for you...
Interviews & Craft
Neighbors of New York | Podcast
The neighbors are joined by Suhail aka SWOOP, Co-Founder of Saltwater, to discuss how he took a break from consulting to pursue writing and ended up running a coffee business...
Books In Progress
Novel | Epic, Cli-Fi, Fabulism
An upmarket generational epic, Electric Earth explores Sufi mysticism & myth to tell the story of how climate change unites a dysfunctional family of jinn from 2000 -2100.
Novel | Social Satire, Dirty Realism
Platform Taxonomy Content Project
Managed team of writers & curators to build out thousands of content pages for Fortune 100 Technology & Social Media company's international roll-out of front-end platform feature.
Content, SEO, Mobile, & Social Copywriting
Supported $4M+ revenue in marketing solutions (across SEO, Content, Mobile, and Social Media), spanning 700+ clients and 8 Account Managers. Primary point of contact for 200+ SMBs and Fortune 500 brands (Whole Foods, Pizza Hut, AMC, etc.)
Website, Blogs, Press Releases, Social
Managed all copy-related tasks ranging from B2B white papers for social media strategy to in-house writing projects, including sales-driven persuasive writing. Implemented a thought leadership plan, including writing SEO optimized blog posts on social media trends.
Technical Blogwriting + Platform Content
Managed internship program with 50+ interns, overseeing marketing campaigns at 11 universities, carrying out all copywriting (blog posts, company blog, and mobile app).