Mariam is a writer, translator, and academic. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa; an MSt in Islamic Art and Archaeology from Oxford, graduating with distinction; a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA; and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia, where she was awarded the 2021 Henfield Prize for the best graduating fiction student. Her work has been published widely and she is the recipient of many awards and grants, including a Fulbright scholarship. She has a book-length translation forthcoming with Feminist Press fall 2021, In Case of Emergency by Mahsa Mohebali, an award-winning novel published in Tehran in 2008. Mariam’s fiction has been published in Gulf Coast, and her other translation in Columbia Journal and the book After Cinema: Fictions From A Collective Memory. Her nonfiction has been published or is forthcoming in Granta, BOMB Magazine, the Rumpus, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is currently finishing a novel.
Over the years, Mariam has taught and tutored in various professional and volunteer capacities. Most significantly, she has taught writing composition, literature seminars, and fiction workshops at UCLA and in the UC Paris study abroad program. Mariam has extensive personal experience in grant writing and admissions essays, as well as professional experience in art writing, including press releases and review essays—before starting her PhD, she worked in the international art world in New York and Dubai. In short, Mariam has fun writing in many genres and forms; she looks forward to helping tutees meet their goals.
Mariam is fluent in Persian/Farsi, and has also studied French, German, Spanish, and Arabic.