My name is Sam, but I’ve always liked taking on different pen names, so for our purposes it’ll be Salim. I’m in a small, sea-side city called Mohammedia, not far from Casablanca, working as an English teacher. Home is New York, “the city” and the state. Last year found me finishing a degree at Columbia, studying post-colonial theories of history and religion, and eating from halal carts after midnight. At last I’m in the Real World that I heard so much about!

More than these factual details, how about a favorite poem:

The mosque is too far from home,
so let’s do this
Let’s make a weeping child laugh.

– Nida Fazli