Hi! I'm Naseem. I'm a queer nonbinary Persian writer from Chicago. I did my undergraduate at the University of Chicago and my master's at DePaul University. Until January 2017, I balanced my writing with my work as a neuroscientist, where I studied rodent models of both concussions and psychiatric disorders. I left my PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania after the 2016 US presidential election and began to work as a freelance writer and editor.


    I currently live in Reno, Nevada, where my spouse is finishing his graduate degree and where I'll begin the MFA program in fiction at the University of Nevada, Reno, in the fall. My writing centers marginalized voices, and I care deeply about intersectionality. I'm represented by Erica Bauman at Aevitas Creative Management.


    My favorite part about writing is hearing from YOU, the reader. Did a 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'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.


    One more thing: I'm the managing editor at Sidequest. If you're a female or nonbinary writer who wants to talk to me about games (both video and tabletop), please reach out at sidequest.naseem@gmail.com. I love personal stories about games, especially games that are considered "old." We're an entirely volunteer run site, so neither we nor our writers get paid. (We're working on that!) For now, we offer a great community and lots of editing/pitching help.

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