I’m a German-American born in Düsseldorf in 1987. I studied literature and history at Humboldt, Cambridge and Oxford universities and graduated in 2013 with a thesis on the feminist discourses in the works of Elfriede Jelinek and Valie Export, supervised by Professor Tom Kuhn.
I’m currently based in Berlin where I’m writing my second novel for which I received a scholarship from Stiftung ZURÜCKGEBEN – Förderung jüdischer Frauen in Kunst und Wissenschaft.
My debut novel, down, is a coming of age story about a young woman with down syndrome and her sexuality. It was published in September 2018 by Launenweber. During my research, I cooperated with the Berlin based foundation downsyndromberlin e.V.
My monologue titled im dickicht der bilder höre ich auf zu sein talks about the experience of an Iraqi-German woman in Berlin. It was commissioned by the Babylon Orchestra and staged at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in November 2019, played by Susana Abdulmajid and directed by Anna von Gehren.
My translation of the book Honjok — The art of living alone was published in October 2020 by Ullstein Buchverlage. It centers on a movement called #honjok which was born out of a surge in feminism in South Korea. Honjoks try to upend gender norms by disavowing the predicted paths of marriage and family and choose to live on their own.
Awards and Residencies:
2019–2020 Scholarship holder of the Foundation for Jewish Women in Art and Science Stiftung ZURÜCKGEBEN – Förderung jüdischer Frauen in Kunst und Wissenschaft granted for my second novel
2014 4 months Creative Writing workshop at Literaturhaus Hamburg (Junges Schreiblabor), taught by Mareike Krügel and Thomas Pletzinger – sponsored by Kulturstiftung Hamburg and Claussen Simon Stiftung
2013 Winner of the Oxford German Network translation competition (translation of the short story ‘Der Balkon’ by Felicitas Hoppe from German to English)
I am a member of P.E.N.