Susan Muaddi-Darraj, Adjunct Faculty

Susan Muaddi-Darraj earned her MA in English Literature from Rutgers University, where she also taught classes in fiction. Her recent collection of short fiction, A Curious Land, won the 2016 American Book Award, the AWP Grace Paley Award for Fiction and the Arab American Book Award. Her collection of short stories, The Inheritance of Exile, was named a finalist in the 2003 AWP Book Awards Series and published in 2007 by University of Notre Dame Press. She previously edited Scheherazade’s Legacy: Arab and Arab American Women on Writing (Greenwood/Praeger Press 2004) and co-edited Approaches to Teaching the Work of Naguib Mahfouz (Modern Language Association 2012). Susan’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in

Susan’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in New York Stories, The Orchid Literary Review, Mizna, and elsewhere. Her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in City Paper, Full Circle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pages Magazine, Sojourner, Calyx, The Christian Science Monitor, Jouvert, and in many other publications. She has contributed book chapters to several anthologies and collections, and she has authored several nonfiction titles for children and young adults for Chelsea House and Rosen Publishers. She has spoken about fiction writing and publishing at the Rutgers Summer and Spring Writer’s Conferences, the Baltimore Writer’s Conference, and the Saint Joseph’s University Reading Series; she’s also been a featured speaker at the University of Miami, Fairfield University, Stanford University, University of Richmond, University of Hartford, and elsewhere. She co-founded Conversations and Connections, an annual Washington DC- area conference aimed at helping writers improve their craft. In addition to her teaching duties in the Hopkins Writing Program, she is currently associate professor of English at Harford Community College. She lives in Maryland.

She has spoken about fiction writing and publishing at the Rutgers Summer and Spring Writer’s Conferences, the Baltimore Writer’s Conference, and the Saint Joseph’s University Reading Series; she’s also been a featured speaker at the University of Miami, Fairfield University, Stanford University, University of Richmond, University of Hartford, and elsewhere. She co-founded Conversations and Connections, an annual Washington DC- area conference aimed at helping writers improve their craft. In addition to her teaching duties in the Hopkins Writing Program, she is currently associate professor of English at Harford Community College. She lives in Maryland.

Susan Muaddi Darraj