Shada Mustafa is a Palestinian writer, born in 1995. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the American University of Beirut, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Geographical Development Studies at the Free University of Berlin. The Arabic original of her debut novel Ma Taraktu Khalfi (Things I Left Behind) was shortlisted for the 2021 Sheikh Zayed Book Award in the category of Young Author. It was excerpted in Banipal 71 (Summer 2021), translated by Nancy Roberts. Photo of Shada Mustafa by Mario Khoury.