Sahar Mustafah


Sahar Mustafah is a writer, editor, and teacher from Chicago. Her work has appeared in Word Riot, Hair Trigger 35, Mizna, New Scriptor, Chicago Literati, and Dinarzad's Children: an Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Literature (2004). Her short story "Shisha Love" won the 2012 Guild Literary Complex Fiction Award and was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize; her short story "Perfect Genes" earned 3rd Place in the 2013 Gold Circle Awards from Columbia University Scholastic Press Association for collegiate magazines. She is a Follett Graduate Scholar at Columbia College Chicago where she is pursuing her MFA in fiction and is the co-founder and editor of Bird's Thumb, a literary journal.

Smashwords Interview

Jim Markus (JM): Thanks again for agreeing to this interview. What interests you most about short-form fiction?
Sahar Mustafah (SM): I suppose it more truly reflects the human experience...our daily lives are made up of these episodes that don't necessarily contribute to a larger meaning of our existence, but on that day, in those hours, something truly profound has occurred because it has moved us somehow. I think we sometimes take those experiences for granted. A good short story invites us to experience it within this critically contained space and time.

And though it surely is not an easy form, it is most instantly gratifying to me as a writer. I can see through a beginning, middle, and end more easily.
JM: That's a great point. Short fiction can often inspire appreciation for unrecognized beauty. Do you think memoirs offer the same benefit?
SM: Absolutely. I've always loved memoirs—well-written ones!—that read like actual stories. I've never minded embellishments so long as the truth is preserved. Dorothy Allison speaks to that in "Two or Three Things I Know For Sure."
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Torn (Flyleaf Singles #3)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,710. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014 by Flyleaf Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
"We sat cross-legged on my bed, the globe wobbling between us on its plastic stand, and you turned it until a part of Asia and all of Australia faced me. You pressed your palm against Africa and teased a corner of South America until you peeled it off, taking most of the Atlantic Ocean with you..."

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