Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is a Syrian American author, a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), and a member of Mensa. Her debut novel The Map of Salt and Stars is forthcoming from Touchstone (Simon & Schuster) in 2018.

Originally from New York City, Jennifer was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother. After earning her PhD in the Pathobiology Graduate Program at Brown University, she worked as a biomedical research scientist before switching careers to pursue writing full time. Her work focuses on themes of Syrian American and Arab American identity.

Jennifer’s short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Saturday Evening Post, PANK Magazine, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, The Normal School, and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net. She is a 2017-2020 Montalvo Arts Center Lucas Artists Program Literary Arts Fellow in fiction. She is also an alum of both the Tin House Summer Workshop and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA). She has also previously published work under the name Jennifer Zeynab Maccani.

When she isn’t writing or traveling, Jennifer can usually be found on the hiking trail, learning new languages, or cuddling with her cat, a Maine Coon mix who thinks he’s a dog.

Jennifer is represented by Michelle Brower of Aevitas Creative Management.


Latest Short Stories



“Like Fig Trees in Winter”

“That day, when I came home, I heard the piano again.”

The Saturday Evening Post: New Fiction Friday series

Illustration by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

“The Peaceable Night”

“Suhaila toed the mass of jellyfish and thought, At least they don’t sting.”

PANK Magazine, Issue 12.2