(content warning: gore, death of children, war) This story, like The Tree, is a piece of flash fiction about the Nakba- the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. It’s a very simple story of innocence and young love, war, and tragedy. It is also a retelling of one of the Palestinian folktale variants on Cinderella. In it,… Continue reading
I’m going to say this piece is speculative, but it is ambiguous enough to defy simple genre categories. This piece of flash fiction is only a page long. Like a mother, the tree had protected us, offering us refuge in its abundant, intertwining branches. And because the guardian of the gemeiz tree protected us too,… Continue reading
Saint George is the patron saint of Palestine. Here’s a short folktale from my family’s village: Unlike most folktales, this one is in a category that blurs the line between tale and anecdote because it is apparently something that happened within living memory at the time it was recorded. The rains of the winter of… Continue reading
I finally have my own shop. Please clap; it took literally all day for me to figure it out! You’ll find all of my singles–that is short stories you can dip into if you’ve never read my work before– as well as my collection. Hopefully, nothing is broken… If you’re not sure where to start,… Continue reading
This is the only folktale my father told me. He’s what we call a “1948 refugee,” meaning he is one of the original Palestinian refugees, still waiting to return home. This story is interesting because it is first found in the 13th century Gloss Accursius, a medieval gloss on the Roman law code of Justinian.… Continue reading
This is a Palestinian Christian story about a man who dies and goes to Heaven. While he’s getting his bearings after being let through the pearly gates, he sees everyone suddenly get all riled up. They put out decorations and line the streets as if for a festival. The man is confused, so he asks… Continue reading
There are a lot of ghoul stories in Palestinian folklore. Here’s one of them. It’s called Pomegranate Seeds. It begins with a woman who had an only child, a daughter. This was in the olden days when there were no schools… The girl was sent to the sheikh for her lessons. Every day she would… Continue reading
There was and there was not a camel driver who passed by an orchard one day. Looking over the wall, he saw a man sitting in the shade. ‘How lucky he is! He can stay here and enjoy all of this while I must travel to earn my bread.’ Meanwhile, the man saw the camel… Continue reading
I’ll be recovering from oral surgery for the next month at least. A tooth extraction went badly and they had to reconstruct my sinus! I don’t have time for a long post, and I’ll spare you the gory details anyway… But I’m going to take it easy for the next few weeks while I recover.… Continue reading
I write speculative fiction inspired by Palestinians folklore. My work has appeared in ArabLit Quarterly, Beladi, FANTASY Magazine, FIYAH, Lackington’s, and Seize the Press among other venues.
My stories have been nominated for Pushcart, Lammy, Palestine Book, and Best New Weird awards.
- A Rosary for Mary, Queen of Palestine
- Spooky for Palestine
- Palestinian Folktale: A Promise Kept
- A Green House with a Brick-Red Roof
- Fantasy Magazine Debut!
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