• Hi! I'm Naseem—queer, nonbinary, Persian, trans, Chicagoan, writer, neuroscientist, baker, nerd, gamer.

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    I was born in Chicago and raised by Iranian immigrants. My writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, The Rumpus, The Writer's Chronicle, and other venues. I was the 2018 Bitch Media Fellow in Technology, a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction, and a 2022 Otherwise Fellow, and was named the inaugural Samuel R. Delany Fellow from CatStone Books. My debut novella, The Bruising of Qilwa, will be released by Tachyon Publications in August 2022.


    My favorite personal essays that I've written are for The Rumpus. I'm also proud of what I produced for Bitch Media while they were still around.

  • More About Me

    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 pursue my lifelong love of writing full time.


    I currently live in Reno, Nevada (unceded territory belonging to the Numu, Wašiw, Newe, and Nuwu peoples), where I finished the MFA program in fiction at the University of Nevada, Reno, as well as a graduate certificate in Gender, Race, and Identity, in May 2021. I write speculative fiction, primarily (secondary world) fantasy, across all ages (adult and kidlit (MG/YA) both). I also write both creative and journalistic nonfiction; for the latter, I focus mainly on science and science literary, academia, social justice, and public health. I'm represented by Erica Bauman at Aevitas Creative Management at Aevitas Creative Management.

    Last but not least, I'm also an editor!

    See my hire me page for more information about my freelance services, which includes developmental and copyediting, authenticity/sensitivity reads, and speaking events.

    • I'm the managing editor at Sword & Kettle Press, a small press of feminist speculative fiction and poetry. We've successfully used Kickstater for our latest projects: our Cup & Dagger Mini Speculative Chapbook series and the Hansel and Gretel chapbook Bewildered. We host the magazine Corvid Queen for feminist fairytales in addition to our handmade books.
    • I used to be the managing editor at Sidequest, an independent gaming criticism website which publishes only writers of marginalized genders. While I no longer am editing for Sidequest, I'm still a writer and love and believe in this work. (One of the coolest (and funniest) things to have happened to me is that my Mystic Messenger Trash series on Sidequest is officially linked on the Mystic Messenger Wikipedia page.)

    My favorite games are JRPGs, I love cooking and baking, and I am always hankering for my next tattoo.