Aminah Mae Safi

Antioch University
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Aminah Mae Safi is the author of four novels, including Tell Me How You Really Feel (Feiwel & Friends) and Travelers Along the Way: a Robin Hood Remix (Feiwel & Friends). She’s an erstwhile art historian, a fan of Cholula on popcorn, and an un-ironic lover of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Her writing has been featured on Bustle and Salon and her award-winning short stories can be found in Fresh Ink (Crown Books) and the forthcoming First Year Orientation (Candlewick Press, 2023).

Aminah Mae Safi

Affiliate Faculty

MFA in Creative Writing Program

  • University of Chicago, Chicago, IL – Master’s in Islamic Art History (Medieval and Modern/Early 20th century).
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA – Bachelor’s – Major in Art History, minor in French.

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.

Travelers Along the Way (Feiwel & Friends/ Macmillan)
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)
Travelers Along the Way (Feiwel & Friends/ Macmillan)
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

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