Latifa Ayad is a winner of the Master’s Review Flash Fiction Prize, and the Indiana Review 1/2K Prize. In 2018 she was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship. She also received an Honorable Mention for the 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship. Her 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, works customer service at the library, and volunteers as a reader for Fairy Tale Review.
Ayad is a writer concerned with identity. Her characters explore themselves and how the world perceives them. They build and break down barriers, in worlds like and not-so-like our own. Ayad is interested in how the abnormal and the paranormal can force her characters to confront the normal struggles in their lives. She is seeking representation for her novel The Curse of Mary Miller, which fuses the literary and the magical in an exploration of female identity. She is currently at work on the novel The Realm Unknown (working title), which centers on a Muslim-American teenager’s struggles with abuse, race, and the jinn living in her new apartment.