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    Naseem Jamnia (they/them) is a Persian-Chicagoan, former scientist, and author of The Bruising of Qilwa. They've received fellowships from Bitch Media, Lambda Literary, Otherwise, and CatStone Books, and are the managing editor at Sword & Kettle Press. Find out at more at www.naseemwrites.com or on Twitter/Instagram @jamsternazzy.

     

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    Naseem Jamnia (they/them) is a Persian-Chicagoan, former scientist, and fiction MFA graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno. Their work has appeared in The Washington Post, Bitch Media, Cosmopolitan, The Rumpus, The Writer's Chronicle, and other venues. A Lambda Literary, Otherwise, and the inaugural Samuel R. Delany Fellow, Naseem is the managing editor at Sword & Kettle Press, and their debut novella, The Bruising of Qilwa, was released from Tachyon Publications in 2022. Find out at more at www.naseemwrites.com or on Twitter/Instagram @jamsternazzy.

     

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    A former neuroscientist and fiction MFA graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno, Naseem Jamnia’s (they/them) work has appeared in The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, The Rumpus, The Writer's Chronicle, and other venues. They were the 2018 Bitch Media Fellow in Technology, a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction, and a 2022 Otherwise Fellow, and they were named the inaugural Samuel R. Delany Fellow from CatStone Books. In addition to co-writing the academic text Positive Interactions with At-Risk Children (Routledge, 2019), their work has been included in the Lambda Literary EMERGE anthology (2020) and We Made Uranium! And Other True Stories from the University of Chicago’s Extraordinary Scavenger Hunt (University of Chicago, 2019). Their debut novella, The Bruising of Qilwa, was released by Tachyon Publications in August 2022. Naseem is also the managing editor at Sword & Kettle Press, a tiny independent publishing house of inclusive feminist speculative fiction, and the former managing editor at Sidequest.zone, an independent gaming criticism website. A Persian-Chicagoan and child to Iranian immigrants, Naseem now lives in Reno with their husband, dog, and two cats. Find out at more at www.naseemwrites.com or on Twitter/Instagram @jamsternazzy.

     

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    The cover of The Bruising of Qilwa. A golden hand drips blood on the title. A city rises on a hill, an island in the middle of a sea with boats. Vines creep along the sides. The colors are red, gold, cream, and purple.

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    A headshot of Naseem, a light-skinned nonbinary West Asian person with curly brown hair. They're wearing a colorful scarf over a black sweater with threads of blue and cream. They smile with closed lips at the camera.

    For Naseem

    • Growing up as first-generation (a child to immigrants)
    • Being in the Iranian diaspora (but not having access to a huge Iranian community)
    • Growing up in Chicago
    • Growing up in a Sufi center
    • Experiences with writing and psychiatric disabilities
    • Leaving animal research and neuroscience to pursue writing
    • Writing across genres (fiction, nonfiction) and age ranges
    • Experiences as a QTPOC in the MFA workshop
    • Experiences in academia in both the sciences and humanities, including teaching, research, and graduate school
    • Experiences in Ivy-Plus settings
    • Discovering a queer identity after adolescence
    • Being openly queer and nonbinary trans in today's political climate
    • Working as an editor for both fiction and nonfiction (e.g. through Sword & Kettle Press and Sidequest.Zone)
    • Being a nerd, baker, video and board gamer
    Two blurbs for The Bruising of Qilwa, set against the city from the cover. The first is from Charlie Jane Anders, which says, "I loved this gorgeous book about blood magic, chosen family and refugees." The second is from S.A. Chakraborty, which says, "A fascinating medical mystery in a rich, complex world I didn't want to leave."

    For The Bruising of Qilwa

    • Migration: refugees and immigrants
    • Gender identity in fantasy
    • Medical racism and medical ethics
    • Queernormative worldbuilding
    • SWANA/Persian-inspired worldbuilding
    • Scientific magic systems
    • The importance of representation in literature, including fantasy
    • Other books upcoming in this secondary world