Thursday, April 28, 2016

Weekly Report 8

Saladin Ahmed is an Arab-American writer who currently lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan. He was born in 1975 to a Lebanese/Egyptian father and a Irish/Polish mother in Detroit, Michigan. Early in his youth, Saladin became aware of the racism that existed against Arab-Americans in his city. A mayor of his town was elected because of his speeches about “the Arab problem” and he watched as an Arab community center that his father helped to build was burned to the ground twice. Ahmed developed his love of reading while working part time at a library during his youth. It was also during this time that he began to write poetry.

Ahmed went to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he got his undergraduate degree in American studies. He also became an activist during this time, campaigning for human rights. He then did some traveling in Europe and the Middle East before going to Brooklyn College’s poetry program to get his MFA. He then got his MA in English at Rutgers University.

Ahmed is known for his science fiction and fantasy novels. His trilogy The Crescent Moon Kingdoms are based off of stories from One Thousand and One Nights. He won the something prize for the first novel of the trilogy, Throne of the Crescent Moon. His works have been translated into five other languages.

He married Hayley Thompson in 2007, and became a father to twins in 2010. His works continue to be included in journals and anthologies he has been given several fellowships from the University of Michigan, Brooklyn College, and the Bronx Council on the Arts.

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