I’m a 2011 fellow in Non-Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. I’ve had residencies at the Millay Colony and the MacDowell Colony, where I worked on a manuscript about growing up as the only boy in an Irish-Catholic family with six sisters. An essay from that manuscript is online at Knee-Jerk magazine, and another was selected as runner-up in the 2011 Michael Steinberg Essay Contest and published in the current issue (Spring 2012) of Fourth Genre. I recently had an essay published in the “Modern Love” column in the New York Times, “The Spell of My Father’s Wedding Ring” (February 12, 2012).
A 2010 article from Newsweek made international news with the headline, “Pakistan is the World’s Most Dangerous Country.” Growing up in Pakistan, I rarely experienced moments of panic. Pakistan could be dangerous—like when a bomb went off near my school—but I felt safe in my suburban neighborhood. When I decided to move to the United […]
Sitting in the sunset in the middle of Central Park, the unfamiliar boy and I huddled together in the growing chill of late October, using the excuse of needing bodily warmth to search for some other, more abstract warmth of feeling. We had spent the whole day exploring the Met Museum, and afterwards walked around […]
My father took me to the Coney Island Freak Show every summer growing up. My artist Dad seemed unfettered from his day job as a social worker, sketching subway riders on the hour train ride from the Lower East Side, where we lived surrounded by junkies and prostitutes wandering derelict streets. On the boardwalk, he […]