Zaina Arafat’s essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, Virginia Quarterly Review, Iowa Review, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and NPR, among others. She is a regular contributor to VICE. She holds an M.A. from Columbia and an M.F.A. from Iowa, where she taught writing and was selected as one of the most influential teachers on campus. She has served as an editor for various publications, and currently guest edits for The Margins. She grew up between D.C. and the Middle East and now lives in Brooklyn, where she is working on a novel and a collection.