GRYFFINDOR | NERD | GAMER
Hi! I'm Naseem. I'm a Persian non-binary writer from Chicago. I began writing when I was a wee one, hoping to reach people who thought they were alone, like me.
Until January 2017, I balanced my writing with my work as a neuroscientist. I studied rodent models of psychiatric disorders and also did a lot of work in concussion models. Then, after just one semester of a PhD program, I decided I needed to stop. I loved my work, but I could no longer deny the writer in me.
So, here I am! Much to the chagrin of my parents and former mentors, I'm now writing full time. I moved away from Philadelphia (where I was in graduate school) to Reno, where my husband is in a master's program. I'm focusing on a few things: fiction centering the voices of marginalized characters (e.g. characters of color, with disabilities, etc); personal essays drawing upon my experiences with gender, mental illness, abusive/toxic relationships, spirituality/religion, etc; and researched opinion pieces on current events, politics, and pop culture. Etc. All of my work is through a feminist lens, and I believe strongly in intersectionality. While I mostly publish nonfiction online, I am working away on novels that I hope to find representation for soon!
My favorite part about writing is hearing from YOU, the reader. Did this week's Tuesday Telegram strike a particular chord? Do you want to read about a character like yourself? Have you struggled with some of the issues I talk about? Let me know. Let's chat! I want to talk about issues that are important to you! And at the end of it, if you are digging what I do, please support me on Patreon so that I can get my meds and eat and stuff.