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SUSAN MUADDI DARRAJ

3530 Sweet Air Road 410-258-0688

Phoenix MD 21131 susanmd@gmail.com

Curriculum Vitae



Education:

M.A., English Literature


Rutgers University, 1999 (summa cum laude)

B.A., English Literature


Rutgers University, 1997 (magna cum laude)

Languages:

Fluent: English


Working Knowledge: Arabic, French


Career:

  • Associate Professor of English, Harford Community College, 2004-Present

Tenured in 2010


  • Freelance Writer, 1997 – Present




  • Lecturer, The Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs – MA in Writing Program, 2009- Present.




  • Co-Founder and Organizer, Conversations & Connections Conference: Practical Advice on Getting Published (with Julie Wakeman-Linn and Dave Housley). Bethesda MD: 2007-Present




  • Panelist, Maryland State Arts Council, Literary Arts Grants Program (2010-Present)




  • Senior Editor, The Baltimore Review literary journal, 2006-2011




  • Managing Editor, The Baltimore Review literary journal, 2003-2005



PUBLICATIONS

Books:


  • A Curious Land: Stories from Home. (Winner of the AWP Grace Paley Award for Short Fiction). Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2015.




  • Approaches to Teaching the Works of Naguib Mahfouz (edited with Wail Hassan). Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series. New York: Modern Language Association, 2012.




  • The Inheritance of Exile: Stories from South Philly, Finalist, AWP Award Series in Short Fiction, 2003. University of Notre Dame Press, April 2007.




  • Scheherazade’s Legacy: Arab and Arab-American Women on Writing. Praeger /Greenwood Publishers, August 2004.


Book Chapters:

  1. “Compassion.” In Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine. O/R Press, 2016. Edited by Ru Freeman.

  2. “Personal and Political.” Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Culture and Politics in the Middle East. Edited by R. AbdulHadi, Evelyne AlSultany, and Nadine Naber. New York: Syracuse University Press, 2011.

  3. “Queen Noor.” Encyclopedia of Islam and Women. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming 2013.




  1. Entries Frederick Douglass, Palestinian Intifada and Arab American literature on Encyclopedia of Social Justice. Sage Publishers, 2007.




  1. Entries on Diana Abu-Jaber, Arab American Novel, Arab American Poetry, and Arab American Autobiography for The Encyclopedia of Multi-Ethnic American Literature. Edited by Emmanuel Nelson. Greenwood Publishers, 2005.



  2. “It’s Not an Oxymoron: The Case of Arab-American Feminism.” Essay in Colonize This: Young Women of Color on Feminism (Seal Press, Summer 2002).




  1. “Third World, Third Wave Feminism: The History of Arab Feminism.” Forthcoming in anthology, Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century (Northeastern University Press, Spring 2003).




  1. “Quiet Times: Peppermint Tea in Middle Eastern Culture.” Forthcoming in anthology, Tea: A Social and Cultural History.


Radio:

  • “Sufficing.” A short story. Read on WYPR’s The Signal, June 2008.

  • “Identity Crisis.” A personal essay. Read on WYPR’s The Signal, December 2, 2011.

  • “Interview about A Curious Land on Maryland Morning”. WYPR. April 18, 2016.



Short Stories (selected):

  1. “The Well.” Banipal: The Magazine of Modern Arab Literature. Special Issue (No. 38) on Arab American Authors. London. Fall 2010.




  1. “Costumes.” Fiction of South Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Don Ron Books, 2012 (forthcoming)




  1. “The New World.” Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction. Edited by Pauline Kaldas and Khaled Mattawa. (University of Arkansas, 2004 and reprint 2009.)




  1. “Preparing a Face.” Orchid Literary Review. November 2004, Issue 4.



  2. “Sufficing.” Mizna, Spring 2003.



  3. “Back to the Surface.” New York Stories, Spring 2001.



  4. “Nadia’s Fan.” Mizna, December 2001.



  5. “East of the Earth, West of the Moon.” Short story, published in Guava Shakti: A Journal of Third World Women’s Literature. Summer 2000.


Creative Nonfiction (selected):

  • “Words That Have Haunted Me.” Mizna. Summer 2016 issue.




  • “My West Bank Education.” Little Patuxent Review. Winter 2011 edition, issue 9.




  • “Ripe Figs and Ruined Proms.” Full Circle: A Journal of Poetry and Prose. (Forthcoming)



  • “Looking Over Our Shoulders.” Baltimore City Paper. September 2001.



  • “The Inheritance of Exile.” Personal essay, published in Mizna, November 1999.



  • “Confessions of a Bookworm,” “Keeping It Together,” “In Search of a Style,” “Brains or Beauty,” and other essays. Published in Skirt! Magazine. (I am a regular contributor to this newspaper.)


Articles (selected):

  • “Concerning Craft: Susan Muaddi Darraj”. April 12, 2011. Little Patuxent Review Website: http://littlepatuxentreview.org/2011/04/12/concerning-craft-susan-muaddi-darraj/

  • "Personal and Political: The Dynamics of Arab-American Feminism." In Abdulhadi, R., N. Naber, et al., Eds. (2005). Gender, Nation, and Belonging: Arab and Arab-American Feminist Perspectives. MIT Electronic Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. 158-168.




  • “Narrating England and Egypt: The Hybrid Fiction of Ahdaf Soueif.” Studies in the Humanities. June and December 2003. Volume 30 (No. 1 & 2).




  • “Carving Out a Niche: A Profile of Syracuse University Press.” Al-Jadid, Winter/Spring, 2003.




  • “How to Break Into Book Reviewing.” The Writer’s Journal. May/June 2003.



  • “In Black and White: Laura Wexler’s Fire in a Canebrake.” City Paper, December 30, 2002.




  • “ ‘We All Want the Same Things Basically’ ”: Feminism in Arab Women’s Literature. Women and Language, Volume 26:1, Spring 2003.




  • “Voice of Peace: An Interview with Kathy Bergen.” The Mennonite, May 2002.




  • “Understanding the Other Sister: The Case for Arab Feminism.” The Monthly Review, March 2002.




  • “It’s Feminism, My Dear Watson: Women Writers Challenge the Holmes Canon.” The Mystery Review, Summer 2003.




  • “Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: A Sense of Otherness.” Pages Magazine, January 2002.




  • “Backlash: Revisiting the Veil.” Sojourner. October 2001.




  • “Beyond the Three R’s: Education in Baltimore.” Baltimore Magazine (Metroguide). September 2001.




  • “Looking Over Our Shoulders.” Baltimore City Paper. September 2001.


Book Reviews (selected):

  • City of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa, by Adam LeBor. Reviewed in Al-Jadid, Volume 16, No. 62.




  • Chicago, by Alaa Al Aswany. Reviewed in Al Jadid, November 2009.




  • How Does It Feel to be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America, by Moustapha Bayoumi. Reviewed in Al Jadid, September 2009.




  • Barrelhouse Literary Journal Review. The Urbanite Magazine. September 2006.




  • Thinking Points: Communicating our Values and Vision, by George Lakoff. Reviewed in The Urbanite Magazine, February 2006.




  • Quitting America, by Randall Robinson. Christian Science Monitor, February 2004.




  • Earth and Ashes, by Atiq Rahimi. Baltimore City Paper, November 13, 2002




  • Only in London, by Hanan al-Shaykh. Near East Review, January 2003.




  • Mr. Potter, by Jamaica Kincaid. Baltimore City Paper, May 29, 2002.




  • Writing Relocation: Arab Anglophone Literature of the Last Decade.” Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies. Fall 2002: Issue 2.




  • The Red Dancer: The Life and Times of Mata Hari, by Richard Skinner. Baltimore City Paper, April 3, 2002.




  • The Binding Vine, by Shashi Deshpande. Rain Taxi Review of Books, December 2001.




  • The Vine of Desire, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Baltimore City Paper, January 2002.




  • Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi, by Katherine Frank. BookPage, August 2001.




  • Riot: A Love Story and Show Business, by Shashi Tharoor (double review). Baltimore City Paper, August 2001.




  • Breeder: Real Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers, edited by Ariel Gore. Sojourner, August 2001.




  • Soledad, by Angie Cruz. Sojourner, July 2001.




  • The Map of Love, by Ahdaf Soueif. Calyx: A Journal of Women’s Arts and Literature. Spring 2000.


CONFERENCE PAPERS/PRESENTATIONS (selected):

  • “Your Voice in Fiction.” Workshop at the 6th Annual RAWI/Mizna Conference. Minneapolis, MN: June 18, 2016.

  • “Being Arab in America: Fact and Fiction.” Presentation at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, April 20, 2016.

  • “Growing Up Arab in America: Ethnic American Literature.” A series of presentations delivered to students and faculty at Al-Zaytouneh University (Amman), University of Jordan (Amman), and The Hashemite University (Zarqah). Jordan Tour, October 23-25, 2011.

  • “Veils, Honor Killings, and Miss USA: The Road Ahead for Arab Women.” Presented to Lyceum Committee, Harford Community College, March 2011.

  • “Veils, Honor Killings, and Miss USA: The Road Ahead for Arab Women.” Presented as part of the University of Richmond Speaker Series, sponsored by WILL Women’s Studies Program. September 2010.

  • “The Literary Contest.” Baltimore Writer’s Conference, November 2009. Towson University, Towson MD.

  • “Entering Literary Competitions.” Conversations & Connections Conference. April 2009. Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.

  • Editorial Perspectives Panel. Baltimore Writers Conference. November 2007. Towson University, Towson MD.

  • “Arab American Literature.” RAWI Conference, May 2007, Dearborn, MI.

  • “The Business of Getting Published.” Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Getting Published. May 5, 2007. Bethesda, MD.

  • “Literary Journals." Baltimore Writers Conference. November 13, 2004. Towson University, Towson MD.

  • Chair of “Home: (Be)Comings” Panel. American Women Writers of Color Conference. November 21-23, rd. Baltimore, MD.

  • "Breaking Into Publishing," 18th Annual Summer Writers Conference, Rutgers University-Camden Campus. June 21-30, 2004, Camden NJ.

  • "Getting Published." The Business of the Book, CityLit Project, May 22, 2004, Pikesville MD.

  • “Scheherazade Spins American Tales: Writing by Arab-American Women.” Presented at the Conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), November 16-17, 2002, Baltimore MD.




  • “Freelance Writing Strategies.” To be delivered at the Baltimore Writers Conference, November 22, 2002, Towson University, Towson MD.




  • “Arab Women: Writing Back.” Delivered as part of the panel on “International Women Writers” at the NEMLA Conference, Pittsburgh PA, April 16, 1999.




  • “The Sword Phillipan: Orientalism in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.” Delivered as part of a panel on “Women in Shakespeare” at the Graduate Literary Studies Conference, Temple University, November 1999.




  • “Chopin, Woolf, and Beauvoir: Representations of the Beauty Shell.” Delivered as part of the panel on “Women in Modern Literature” at the Women and the Arts Conference at Rutgers University, May 1998.




  • “Traveling Orientalism: The Journals of Gustave Flaubert.” Delivered at the annual Rutgers University – Camden Research Symposium, March 1998.


AWARDS:

  • Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, 2014 and 2016.




  • AWP Grace Paley Award for Short Fiction, 2014.




  • Arabic Book Program; translation of The Inheritance of Exile. October 2011. United States Embassy – Amman, Jordan.




  • The Maureen Egen Prize for Creative Writing, 3rd place, for short story, “The Fall.” Poets & Writers Magazine, 2012. Judged by Elizabeth Nunez.




  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Finalist, Short Fiction Category, for The Inheritance of Exile, March 2008.




  • Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Award Series in Short Fiction, 2003 Finalist for short story collection, The Inheritance of Exile: Stories from South Philly.




  • James Freeman Fellowship, September 1998 – June 1999
    I was awarded this fellowship, in the amount of $11,000, by the American Friends Service Committee of Philadelphia to research various aspects of the Middle East peace process and to produce a document for the AFSC based on my findings.




  • Betty Harris Jones Award, May 1997
    This is an award given by the Rutgers University English Department to “the graduating senior most likely to make significant contributions in future teaching and scholarship.”



Member,_RAWI_(Radius_of_Arab_American_Writers),_January_2015-Present._____Co-Chair'>COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

  • Board Member, RAWI (Radius of Arab American Writers), January 2015-Present.




  • Co-Chair, First Year Experience Committee, Harford Community College, Bel Air MD. January 2010-2014.




  • Chair, MLA Committee on Community Colleges, July 1, 2008- June 30, 2009




  • Co-Organizer, Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Getting Published, April 4, 2008, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.




  • Member, Program Advisory Council, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California, 2008- Present




  • Steering Committee, RAWI 2nd Annual Conference, Writing While Arab: Politics, Hyphens, and Homelands. May 17-20, 2007, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI




  • Steering Committee, RAWI 1st Annual Conference, June 2005, New York, NY.




  • Member, MLA Committee on Community Colleges, July 1, 2006- June 30, 2009

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:


  • Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA)

  • Modern Language Association (MLA)

  • Community College Humanities Association (CCHA)

  • Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP)

  • National Book Critics Circle (NBCC)

  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)

  • Radius of Arab-American Writers (RAWI)

  • Associated Writing Programs (AWP)

  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)


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