Zaina Arafat subverts expectations in You Exist Too Much

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Zaina Arafat is a Palestinian-American whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, Washington Post, and more of the most prestigious media outlets in America. She also holds an M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University and an M.F.A. from Iowa where she also taught writing. Additionally, she has taught at The School of the New York Times, the International Writing Program and Sackett Street Writers, as well as abroad in Jordan, Egypt and Eritrea.

Zaina Arafat joined the podcast to discuss her debut book You Exist Too Much. We discuss how she wanted to subvert expectations for what a Palestinian-American looks like as well as what it was like for her writing for American media outlets in a post-9/11 world.

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