Jordan Elgrably

EDITOR — JORDAN ELGRABLY is an Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist, edi­tor and fic­tion writer of French and Moroc­can her­itage, whose work has appeared wide­ly in the U.S. and Europe and in a num­ber of antholo­gies and jour­nals, includ­ing the Paris Review, Salma­gun­di and Apulée. He is the cofounder and direc­tor of the for­mer Lev­an­tine Cul­tur­al Center/The Markaz (2001–2020). Fol­low Jor­dan on Twit­ter.

Moustafa Daly

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER–MOUSTAFA DALY is an Egypt­ian mul­ti­me­dia jour­nal­ist and mag­a­zine edi­tor cur­rent­ly serv­ing as The Markaz Review’s social media man­ag­er. Daly has won many jour­nal­ism awards & fel­low­ships, and pub­lished in sev­er­al region­al and inter­na­tion­al pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing Berlin­er Zeitung, Arab News, and Cairo Scene, among others.

Editorial Board/Contributing Editors

Jenine Abboushi

JENINE ABBOUSHI is a Pales­tin­ian-Amer­i­can writer, free­lancer and trav­el­er, espe­cial­ly around home. She lived for many years in the Unit­ed States, Pales­tine, Moroc­co, Lebanon, and now in South­ern France. She earned a a B.A. from Birzeit Uni­ver­si­ty in Pales­tine, Mas­ters in Eng­lish and Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture from Colum­bia and a PhD from Har­vard in Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture. Jenine is at work on a sec­ond nov­el that will be part of a tril­o­gy. Fol­low her on Twit­ter, @jenineabboushi.

Salar Abdoh

SALAR ABDOH is an Iran­ian nov­el­ist and essay­ist who divides much of his time between New York and Tehran. He is the author of the nov­els Poet Game (2000), Opi­um (2004), Tehran At Twi­light (2014), and Out of Mesopotamia (2020) and the edi­tor and trans­la­tor of the anthol­o­gy Tehran Noir (2014). He also teach­es in the grad­u­ate pro­gram in Cre­ative Writ­ing at the City Col­lege of New York at the City Uni­ver­si­ty of New York. Abdoh seeks to help Iran re-engage with the Arab world and con­vey more of Iran­ian cul­ture to the west. Salar Abdoh at Goodreads.

Ammiel Alcalay

AMMIEL ALCALAY–Poet, nov­el­ist, trans­la­tor, schol­ar and activist Ammiel Alcalay was born and raised in Boston. He stud­ied Latin and ancient Greek at City Col­lege in New York and earned his PhD in com­par­a­tive lit­er­a­ture from the CUNY Grad­u­ate Cen­ter. His par­ents were Sephardic Jews from Bel­grade (Ser­bia), and much of Alcalay’s work engages ques­tions of reli­gious iden­ti­ty, lan­guage, and cul­ture, par­tic­u­lar­ly the his­to­ries and cul­tures of the Balka­ns and the Mid­dle East. He is the author of the clas­sic study After Jews and Arabs: Remak­ing Lev­an­tine Cul­ture; Keys to the Gar­den; Mem­o­ries of Our Future: Select­ed Essays and the cairo note­books [sic] among oth­er works. Alcalay found­ed and is gen­er­al edi­tor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poet­ics Doc­u­ment Ini­tia­tive. The chap­book series pub­lish­es stu­dent and guest-edit­ed archival texts of writ­ers and activists, fre­quent­ly focus­ing on cor­re­spon­dence, jour­nals, lec­tures, and ephemera. Alcalay won the Amer­i­can Book Award for his work on Lost & Found in 2017.

Rana Asfour

RANA ASFOUR–(BOOK EDITOR) assigns books for review. She has lived, worked and been edu­cat­ed in Jor­dan, Lebanon, Abu Dhabi and the UK. A free­lance writer and book review­er, her work has appeared in such pub­li­ca­tions as The Guardian UK and The National/UAE. In addi­tion to her writ­ing expe­ri­ence, Rana has worked in radio and TV in Amman, and has been a trans­la­tor from Ara­bic and French to Eng­lish. Rana tweets at @bookfabulous.

Iason Athanasiadis

TMR con­tribut­ing edi­tor IASON ATHANASIADIS is a Mediter­ranean-focused mul­ti­me­dia jour­nal­ist based between Athens, Istan­bul, and Tunis. He uses all media to recount the sto­ry of how we can adapt to the era of cli­mate change, mass migra­tion, and the mis­ap­pli­ca­tion of dis­tort­ed moder­ni­ties. He stud­ied Ara­bic and Mod­ern Mid­dle East­ern Stud­ies at Oxford, Per­sian and Con­tem­po­rary Iran­ian Stud­ies in Tehran, and was a Nie­man fel­low at Har­vard, before work­ing for the Unit­ed Nations between 2011 and 2018. He received the Anna Lindh Foun­da­tion’s Mediter­ranean Jour­nal­ism Award for his cov­er­age of the Arab Spring in 2011, and its 10th-anniver­sary alum­ni award for his com­mit­ment to using all media to tell sto­ries of inter­cul­tur­al dia­logue in 2017. Find him on Twit­ter @Iason11.

Kai Bird

KAI BIRD–is a Pulitzer Prize-win­ning his­to­ri­an and jour­nal­ist. In Jan­u­ary 2017 he was appoint­ed Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and Dis­tin­guished Lec­tur­er of CUNY Grad­u­ate Cen­ter’s Leon Levy Cen­ter for Biog­ra­phy. His most recent book, The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames, was a New York Times best-sell­er. He chron­i­cled his child­hood in the Mid­dle East in his mem­oir, Cross­ing Man­del­baum Gate: Com­ing of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis–which was a Final­ist for both the Nation­al Book Crit­ics Cir­cle Award and the Day­ton Lit­er­ary Peace Prize. He is the acclaimed author of biogra­phies of John J. McCloy, McGe­orge Bundy, and William Bundy. He won the Pulitzer Prize for biog­ra­phy in 2006 for Amer­i­can Prometheus: The Tri­umph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppen­heimer (co-authored with Mar­tin J. Sher­win). His work includes crit­i­cal writ­ings on the Viet­nam War, Hiroshi­ma, nuclear weapons, the Cold War, the Arab-Israeli con­flict and the CIA. Bird and Sher­win also won the Nation­al Books Crit­ics Cir­cle Award and the Duff Coop­er Prize for His­to­ry. In Sep­tem­ber 2016 he was award­ed an Hon­orary Doc­tor­ate by Car­leton Col­lege. He is an elect­ed mem­ber of the pres­ti­gious Soci­ety of Amer­i­can His­to­ri­ans. Kai Bird lives in New York City and Flori­da with his wife Susan Gold­mark. His new book, due out in the sum­mer of 2021, is The Out­lier: The Unfin­ished Pres­i­den­cy of Jim­my Carter. @Kaibird123

Aomar Boum

AOMAR BOUM is a cul­tur­al anthro­pol­o­gist and Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Anthro­pol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia Los Ange­les, where he is Vice Chair of Under­grad­u­ate Stud­ies. He is the author of Mem­o­ries of Absence: How Mus­lims Remem­ber Jews in Moroc­co, and with Thomas K. Park the coau­thor of the His­tor­i­cal Dic­tio­nary of Moroc­co. He is also the coau­thor of The Holo­caust and North Africa as well as A Con­cise His­to­ry of the Mid­dle East (2018) and most recent­ly, with Mohamed Daadaoui, the coau­thor of the His­tor­i­cal Dic­tio­nary of the Arab Upris­ings (2020). Aomar is an afi­ciona­do of the graph­ic nov­el and will guest-edit a spe­cial edi­tion of TMR on the graph­ic nov­el this sum­mer. He was born and raised in the oasis of Mhamid, Foum Zguid in the Province of Tata, Morocco.

Melissa Chemam

MELISSA CHEMAM– A native of Paris with roots in Alge­ria, Melis­sa is a wide­ly-pub­lished jour­nal­ist and radio reporter (BBC, RFI) and author of a book on Bris­tol’s music scene, Mas­sive Attack: Out of the Com­fort Zone. She is a writer in res­i­dence in the UK at Bris­tol’s Arnolfi­ni gallery who writes on music, art, pol­i­tics and film. As a film researcher she has worked with Raoul Peck on his James Bald­win doc­u­men­tary I Am Not Your Negro and his forth­com­ing film on Frantz Fanon. She has been based in Prague, Mia­mi, Lon­don, Nairo­bi (cov­er­ing Kenya, Ugan­da, Ethiopia, Soma­lia), and Bris­tol, UK. She’s trav­elled from Italy to Haiti, via Tunisia, Liberia, South Africa, India, Mex­i­co, Niger, Turkey and Iraq. Her Twit­ter han­dle is @melissachemam.

 

Monique El-Faizy

MONIQUE EL-FAIZY—an Egypt­ian-Dutch-Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist, Monique is the author of God and Coun­try, on Amer­i­can Evan­gel­i­cals, and co-author of All the Pres­i­den­t’s Women, on Don­ald Trump. A Paris-based cor­re­spon­dent, she has writ­ten for a wide vari­ety of pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing The New York Times, the Guardian, the Wash­ing­ton Post, the Finan­cial Times, France24, Marie Claire, GQ, Glam­our, Moscow Mag­a­zine, and the Moscow Guardian, and has lived and worked in Egypt, Rus­sia, Europe, Asia and the Unit­ed States. Cov­er­ing beats rang­ing from Wall Street to the Arab-Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty, she has held staff posi­tions at the New York Dai­ly News, the Philadel­phia Inquir­er, the Asso­ci­at­ed Press and the Record of Hack­en­sack. El-Faizy’s work often focus­es on peo­ple or groups that are dis­en­fran­chised and/or mis­un­der­stood, and seeks to bring nuance to sub­jects usu­al­ly depict­ed in broad strokes. She is a for­mer fel­low at the World Pol­i­cy Insti­tute and the co-founder of Mwikali’s Gift, a 501©3 relief orga­ni­za­tion that worked in the vil­lage of Usala­ma, Kenya. El-Faizy has a BA from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia and a MSJ from North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty’s Medill School of Jour­nal­ism. She tweets @Moniqueelfaizy.

Ali Eteraz

ALI ETERAZ— is the author of the debut nov­el, Native Believ­er, a NYTimes Book Review Edi­tors’ Choice selec­tion, as well as the author of the crit­i­cal­ly acclaimed mem­oir Chil­dren of the Dust, a Mem­oir of Pak­istan, which was select­ed as a New States­man Book of the Year and was fea­tured on PBS with Tavis Smi­ley, NPR with Ter­ry Gross, C‑SPAN2, and numer­ous inter­na­tion­al out­lets. O, The Oprah Mag­a­zine, called it “a picaresque jour­ney” and the book was long-list­ed for the Asian Amer­i­can Writer’s Work­shop Award. Pre­vi­ous­ly, he wrote the short sto­ry col­lec­tion Fal­si­pedies and Fib­si­ennes and his work has appeared in Adiron­dack Review, sto­rySouth, Chica­go Quar­ter­ly Review, and Forge Jour­nal. An accom­plished essay­ist, Ali has been spot­light­ed by Time Mag­a­zine and Page­turn­er, the lit­er­ary blog of the New York­er. In 2014, Eter­az won the 3 Quarks Dai­ly Arts & Lit­er­a­ture Prize judged by nov­el­ist Mohsin Hamid. In 2015, he served as an art con­sul­tant to Jen­ny Holz­er, for a per­ma­nent art instal­la­tion in Qatar. He grew up in the Caribbean, South Asia, and the Amer­i­can South. Ali tweets @eteraz.

MISCHA GERACOULIS is a US-based jour­nal­ist with roots in the Mediter­ranean. Her diverse writ­ings and teach­ing phi­los­o­phy, advo­ca­cy efforts, and approach to life are informed by the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Human Rights, jour­nal­is­tic oath of ethics, and crit­i­cal media lit­er­a­cy. Some of Mischa’s research top­ics include the Armen­ian Geno­cide, glob­al refugee crises, rights to ade­quate hous­ing and equi­table edu­ca­tion, and the mul­ti­fac­eted human con­di­tion. Her work has appeared in Mid­dle East Eye, Truthout, LA Review of Books, The Guardian, Col­or­lines, Gomi­das Insti­tute, open­Democ­ra­cy, and Nation­al Catholic Reporter among oth­ers. Mis­cha tweets @MGeracoulis.

Janine Di Giovanni

JANINE DI GIOVANNI — author, mul­ti-award win­ning war cor­re­spon­dent and human rights inves­ti­ga­tor Janine Di Gio­van­ni is a Senior Fel­low at Yale University’s Jack­son Insti­tute for Glob­al Affairs and cur­rent­ly direct­ing a project spon­sored by the UN Democ­ra­cy Fund project that pro­motes tran­si­tion­al jus­tice in Yemen, Iraq, and Syr­ia. In 2019, she won a Guggen­heim Fel­low­ship for her research in the Mid­dle East, and in 2020, she received the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Arts and Let­ters high­est prize for non-fic­tion for her body of work span­ning three decades. She has won more than a dozen oth­er awards for her chron­i­cling of war and con­flict in the Balka­ns, Africa and the Mid­dle East. She has been called “our gen­er­a­tions finest for­eign cor­re­spon­dent” by the Dai­ly Tele­graph. She is the author of The Morn­ing They Came For Us: Dis­patch­es from Syr­ia, along with sev­en oth­er books on war and con­flict. Her lat­est is The Van­ish­ing, chron­i­cling the dis­ap­pear­ance of Chris­t­ian minori­ties from the Mid­dle East. She tweets @janinedigi.

Malu Halasa

MALU HALASA is a Lon­don-based writer and edi­tor. Her six co-edit­ed antholo­gies include—Syr­ia Speaks: Art and Cul­ture from the Front­line, with Zaher Oma­reen; The Secret Life of Syr­i­an Lin­gerie: Inti­ma­cy and Design, with Rana Salam; and the short series: Tran­sit Beirut: New Writ­ing and Images, with Rosanne Kha­laf, and Tran­sit Tehran: Young Iran and Its Inspi­ra­tions, with Maziar Bahari. She was man­ag­ing edi­tor of the Prince Claus Fund Library; a found­ing edi­tor of Tank Mag­a­zine and Edi­tor at Large for Por­tal 9. As a free­lance jour­nal­ist in Lon­don, she has cov­ered wide-rang­ing sub­jects, from water as occu­pa­tion in Israel/Palestine to Syr­i­an comics dur­ing the present-day con­flict. Her books, exhi­bi­tions and lec­tures chart a chang­ing Mid­dle East. Her lat­est anthol­o­gy is Syr­ia Speaks: Art and Cul­ture From the Front­line (coedit­ed with Zaher Oma­reen 7 Nawara Mah­foud). Malu Halasa’s debut nov­el, Moth­er of All Pigs was reviewed by the New York Times as “a micro­cos­mic por­trait of … a patri­ar­chal order in slow-motion decline.” She tweets at @halasamalu.

Mohja Kahf

MOHJA KAHF— is a Syr­i­an Amer­i­can crit­ic, poet, nov­el­ist & fem­i­nist schol­ar. Born in Dam­as­cus, she was raised in the US. Moh­ja was a found­ing mem­ber of RAWI, the Radius of Arab Amer­i­can Writ­ers, estab­lished in 1993, and is a mem­ber of the Syr­i­an Non­vi­o­lence Move­ment. In 2011, she and her daugh­ter vis­it­ed the Turk­ish bor­der with Syr­ia in order to work with Syr­i­an escapees. She wrote about the expe­ri­ence in the essay “The Daughter’s Road to Syria”in the Rum­pus. She is pro­fes­sor of com­par­a­tive lit­er­a­ture and Mid­dle East­ern stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Arkansas since 1995, is author of The Girl in the Tan­ger­ine Scarf, Hagar Poems, E‑mails from Scheherazad, and West­ern Rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the Mus­lim Woman: From Ter­ma­gant to Odal­isque. Some of her writ­ing has been trans­lat­ed to Ara­bic, Turk­ish, Per­sian, Urdu, Japan­ese, Ital­ian, Ger­man, and French. Her book, My Lover Feeds Me Grape­fruit, won the 2020 Press 53 Award for Poet­ry. Kahf is a win­ner of the Push­cart Prize and an Arkansas Arts Coun­cil Indi­vid­ual Artist award. Find her on Twit­ter @ProfKahf.

Francisco Letelier

FRANCISCO LETELIER– Based in Venice, Cal­i­for­nia, Fran­ciso Lete­lier is a Chilean Amer­i­can artist, mural­ist, activist and writer who bridges con­ti­nents, weav­ing his­to­ry and con­tem­po­rary expe­ri­ences, cre­at­ing pow­er­ful and mem­o­rable work. For four decades, Lete­lier has cre­at­ed art that cross­es dis­ci­plines and cul­tures while build­ing con­nec­tions between nations and indi­vid­u­als. He has been involved in projects through­out the Amer­i­c­as, Europe and the West Bank. Known also for his lec­tures, spo­ken word and writ­ing, Lete­lier has been pub­lished in the Los Ange­les Times, New York Times, Wash­ing­ton Post and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. He has received the LA Art­core award for con­tri­bu­tions to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia cul­ture and the SPARC (Social and Pub­lic Art Resource Cen­ter) Siquieros Mural­ist Award. Find him on Twit­ter at @franlete.

Anne-Marie O’Connor

ANNE-MARIE O’CONNOR—is the author of The Lady in Gold: The Extra­or­di­nary Tale of Gus­tav Klimt’s Mas­ter­piece, Por­trait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the best­selling sto­ry of the bat­tle by Vien­na emi­gre Maria Alt­mann to reclaim five Gus­tav Klimt paint­ings from her native Aus­tria in an eight-year legal bat­tle, a saga that also inspired the movie Woman in Gold, in which Helen Mir­ren played Maria Alt­mann. A for­mer Jerusalem cor­re­spon­dent, Anne-Marie is a long­time jour­nal­ist in Latin Amer­i­ca, and cov­ered the civ­il wars in Nicaragua and El Sal­vador as a Cen­tral Amer­i­ca bureau chief for Reuters. She was also a staff writer for the Los Ange­les Times, the Mia­mi Her­ald, UPI, and the Cox News­pa­per chain, and has writ­ten for Esquire, the Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor, and The Nation. She is a speak­er on the sub­ject of the Nazi plun­der of art and resti­tu­tion. Her twit­ter han­dle is @theladyingold.

Ella Shohat

ELLA SHOHAT—is Pro­fes­sor of Cul­tur­al Stud­ies at NYU. Her books include Taboo Mem­o­ries, Dias­poric Voic­es; Israeli Cin­e­ma: East/West and the Pol­i­tics of Rep­re­sen­ta­tion; Talk­ing Visions: Mul­ti­cul­tur­al Fem­i­nism in a Transna­tion­al Age; Dan­ger­ous Liaisons: Gen­der, Nation and Post­colo­nial Per­spec­tives; Between the Mid­dle East and the Amer­i­c­as: The Cul­tur­al Pol­i­tics of Dias­po­ra; and with Robert Stam, Unthink­ing Euro­cen­trism; Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, Post­colo­nial­i­ty and Transna­tion­al Media; Flag­ging Patri­o­tism: Crises of Nar­cis­sism and Anti-Amer­i­can­ism; and Race in Trans­la­tion: Cul­ture Wars Around the Post­colo­nial Atlantic. She co-edit­ed a num­ber of spe­cial issues for the jour­nal Social Text, includ­ing “Edward Said: A Memo­r­i­al Issue,” “Pales­tine in a Transna­tion­al Con­text,” and “911‑A Pub­lic Emer­gency?” while her writ­ing has been trans­lat­ed into over 10 lan­guages. Shohat has also served on the edi­to­r­i­al board of sev­er­al jour­nals, includ­ing: Social Text; Mid­dle East Cri­tique; Merid­i­ans; Inter­ven­tions; and Mid­dle East Jour­nal of Cul­ture and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion. She is a recip­i­ent of such fel­low­ships as Rock­e­feller and the Soci­ety for the Human­i­ties at Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty, where she also taught at The School of Crit­i­cism and The­o­ry; togeth­er with Sinan Antoon, she was award­ed the NYU Human­i­ties Ini­tia­tive fel­low­ship for their “Nar­rat­ing Iraq: Between Nation and Dias­po­ra;” and Shohat was award­ed a Ful­bright research / lec­ture­ship at the Uni­ver­si­ty of São Paulo, Brazil, for study­ing the cul­tur­al inter­sec­tions between the Mid­dle East and Latin Amer­i­ca. She is author most recent­ly of On the Arab-Jew, Pales­tine and Oth­er Dis­place­ments & Between the Mid­dle East and the Amer­i­c­as: The Cul­tur­al Pol­i­tics of Dias­po­ra. Ella Shohat is from a Jew­ish-Bagh­da­di fam­i­ly, grew up in Israel and has lived most of her life in New York.

Amy Wilentz

AMY WILENTZ—Amy Wilentz is the author of Farewell Fred Voodoo: A Let­ter From Haiti, The Rainy Sea­son: Haiti Since Duva­lier, the nov­el Mar­tyrs’ Cross­ing, and I Feel Earth­quakes More Often Than They Hap­pen: Com­ing to Cal­i­for­nia in the Age of Schwarzeneg­ger. She is the win­ner of the Whit­ing Writ­ers Award, the PEN Martha Albrand Non-Fic­tion Award, and the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Arts and Let­ters Rosen­thal Award. In 1990 she was short­list­ed for the Nation­al Book Crit­ics Cir­cle Award for non­fic­tion for The Rainy Sea­son. She won the 2013 Nation­al Book Crit­ics Cir­cle Award for mem­oir for Farewell, Fred Voodoo, and was award­ed a Guggen­heim Fel­low­ship in gen­er­al non­fic­tion in 2020. Wilentz is Mac­Dow­ell fel­low, the for­mer Jerusalem cor­re­spon­dent for The New York­er and a long-time con­tribut­ing edi­tor at The Nation. She has writ­ten for The New York Times, The Wash­ing­ton Post, The Los Ange­les Times, Politi­co, The Lon­don Review of Books, the Los Ange­les Review of Books, and many oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. She teach­es in the Lit­er­ary Jour­nal­ism pro­gram at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Irvine, and lives in Los Ange­les. She tweets @amywilentz.

Editors at Large

Rayyan al-Shawaf

RAYYAN AL-SHAWAF is a book crit­ic and edi­tor based in Mal­ta. His reviews and essays have appeared in the Boston GlobeChris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­torGlobe and Mail, Mia­mi Her­aldPop­Mat­tersSan Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle, Toron­to Star, TMR, Truthdig, Washin​gton Post and else­where. His debut nov­el, When All Else Fails, was pub­lished by Inter­link Books.

Elio Zarmati

ELIO ZARMATI—Fran­co-Egypt­ian Amer­i­can, Elio Zarmati is a for­mer mag­a­zine pub­lish­er and edi­tor, a reporter, a screen­writer and tele­vi­sion direc­tor, and a suc­cess­ful entre­pre­neur, most notably in the field of sub­ti­tling and dub­bing motion pic­tures for DVD and home video dis­tri­b­u­tion. He recent­ly com­plet­ed Good­bye, Tahrir Square, a mem­oir of child­hood as a Euro­pean Jew in Egypt, then as now a coun­try torn apart by war and rev­o­lu­tion. He is also draft­ing his first nov­el, a saga that spans three gen­er­a­tions on the polit­i­cal and art scenes in Amer­i­ca, Europe and on the front lines of the wars of the 21st-cen­tu­ry. He is based in Los Angeles.