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ABOUT mariya


I'm a freelance writer, currently based in Brooklyn, New York. I'm interested in stories about identity and belonging, and write frequently about our place in the world. I'm a contributor at This American Life, and my work has appeared in Marie Claire Magazine, Buzzfeed, VICE and Al Jazeera America. I used to freelance from Karachi, Pakistan, where I reported on Pakistan's first democratic transfer of power, day laborers at a ship breaking yard in Balochistan, and the growing rates of infanticide in Pakistan. I've also written about my experience as a victim of FGM/C, growing up Muslim in Texas and am currently working on a book with Spiegel and Grau. You can check out more of my reporting and writing here. I'm represented by Julia Kardon at HSG Agency. 

I love contemporary YA novels, good character dramas on television and the occasional bad romantic comedy. I'm addicted to dangling earrings and combining as many colors as possible in one outfit. 

I graduated with a MS in Magazine Journalism from Columbia University and earned my BA from Mount Holyoke College. I was a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute of Global Good, and was the inaugural mid-career resident at This American Life. I'm a former GlobalPost/Kaiser Family Foundation Global Health reporting fellow and was a writer in residence at Hedgebrook where I was a recipient of the 2015 Elizabeth George Award.