About the Author

authorphoto_1Since living in Brazil three years as a child, I have been drawn to live among people of other cultures, whether on a Native American reservation in Arizona, among African Americans in the Fillmore District in San Francisco before ”gentrification,” or in Arab communities in Egypt, Syria and Palestine. As an adult, I lived and worked 17 years in the Middle East —  3 years in Egypt, 2 in Syria, a year in Israel, where I taught Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel, and 11 years teaching at Birzeit University in the West Bank, returning to the US in 2008. I have earned my living as a journalist, a carpenter and general building contractor, an editor and researcher, and a teacher of English for Academic Purposes. I have worked with adults and youth establishing community newspapers in Native American, Latino and African American communities.  I now work with Zawaya, a non-profit organization that teaches and promotes the Arab arts, especially music, in the San Francisco Bay Area. I live in Oakland with my partner and my cat Nahar, born in Nazareth.