Latifa Ayad is a winner of the Master’s Review Flash Fiction Prize, and the Indiana Review 1/2K Prize. Her piece “Arabic Lesson” was selected for Best American Non-Required Reading 2019. She was second runner-up for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and in 2018 she was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship. Ayad’s work has been published or is forthcoming in North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Normal School, and Whiskey Island Magazine, amongst others. For a complete list and links to her published work, see Publications. She has worked as Assistant Fiction Editor for The Southeast Review, and holds her MFA from Florida State University. She currently writes from her local coffee shop and works with the youth at her local library in Columbus, Ohio.
Ayad’s novel-in-progress, The Realm Unknown, was second runner-up for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. The Realm Unknown centers on a Muslim-American teenager’s struggles with abuse, race, and the jinn living in her new apartment.