Arts > Literature > Diana Abu-Jaber (b. in Syracuse, NY, Iraqi-American)

Diana Abu-Jaber is the critically acclaimed author of Crescent, Language of Baklava, Arabian Jazz, Origins, and Birds of Paradise. Her work has been well- received both within and without the Arab American community, and she has received the Arab American Book Award and the 2004 PEN prize, the 1994 Oregon Book Award among other awards. In her work, she examines Arab American identity, as well as hybrid identity more generally. Particularly in Crescent and Language of Baklava, she explores the relationship between identity and food: a frequent theme in Arab American writing. She is currently a professor of writing at Portland State University.


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