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Aminah Mae Safi

Antioch University Los Angeles

Educational History

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL – Master’s in Islamic Art History (Medieval and Modern/Early 20th century). Wrote a master’s thesis, “Identity Crisis: Iran and the Search for Unified Patrimony” for degree completion under academic advisor Professor Persis Berlekamp.

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA – Bachelor’s – Major in Art History, minor in French.

Teaching Statement

I was training in academic writing, so I am a big believer in asking questions to help you think through and find the best solutions to your own work. I also believe that learning to critically evaluate and constructively give feedback to others is one of the most essential skills to develop, as it teaches a writer to find their editorial eye with their own work. I love granular details in language, I love pulling back and talking about overall structure. I think that understanding the rules is essential to breaking them (though, most writing rules are like the Pirate Code and are more like guidelines anyway). I believe I can help a writer find the best way to tell their own stories.


Not The Girls You’re Looking For (Feiwel & Friends, 2018)
Tell Me How You Really Feel (Feiwel & Friends, 2019)
This Is All Your Fault (Feiwel & Friends, June 2020)

Short story:

Be Cool, For Once” in Fresh Ink (Crown Books for Young Readers, 2018)


Why I Write carefree Muslim girls, Salon
Essays on writing, Pub Crawl

“We Need Diverse Books” Young Adult Short Story Award Winner
Not the Girls You’re Looking For — A Junior Library Guild Selection
Tell Me How You Really Feel — A Junior Library Guild Selection, A summer Indie Next pick, and an Autostraddle Best Book of 2019

Affiliate Faculty,

MFA in Creative Writing Program


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