Hi! I'm Naseem, pronouns they/them. I'm a queer nonbinary trans 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 disabilities. I left my PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania after the 2016 US presidential election to work as a freelance writer and editor.


    I currently live in Reno, Nevada, where I'm in the MFA program in fiction at the University of Nevada, Reno. I mainly write kidlit (MG/YA) and fantasy. I'm represented by Erica Bauman at Aevitas Creative Management, and I'm also an R6 Author Mentor Match MG mentor!!


    Last but not least, I'm the managing editor at Sidequest, an independent gaming criticism website. If you're a writer of a marginalized gender who wants to talk to me about games (video, tabletop, mobile, etc.), please reach out at sidequest.naseem@gmail.com. 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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