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For release: 31 July, 2020
Author Susan Muaddi Darraj is an Associate Professor of English at Harford Community College. A 2018 USA Ford Fellow, Susan is also a Lecturer in Johns Hopkins University's MA in Writing program and a faculty member in Fairfield University's MFA program.
Her short story collection, A Curious Land: Stories from Home, was named the winner of the AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, judged by Jaime Manrique. It also won the 2016 Arab American Book Award, a 2016 American Book Award, and was shortlisted for a Palestine Book Award. Her previous short story collection, The Inheritance of Exile, was published in 2007 by University of Notre Dame Press.
In 2018, she was named a Ford Fellow by USA Artists. Susan also is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. She has also been awarded a Ruby's Artist Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.
In 2019, she launched the viral #TweetYourThobe social media campaign to promote Palestinian culture. Later that year, she was named winner of the Rose Nader Award, by the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), an award given by the Nader family to a person who "demonstrates an unwavering dedication and commitment to values of equality and justice."
In January 2020, Capstone Books launched her debut children's chapter book series, Farah Rocks, about a smart, brave Palestinian American girl named Farah Hajjar. Known as Farah Rocks to her friends, she is a smart, funny, and brave Palestinian-American girl. She loves her little brother Samir, Greek mythology, and — yes — her rock collection! In this four-book series, Farah faces all of life's challenges: bullies, school drama, and even problems with her best friend.
The first book in the series, Farah Rocks Fifth Grade, made The Baltimore Sun's recent "Books for the Beach" list. Susan's latest chapter book, Farah Rocks Summer Break, was released in July 2020.
Susan’s latest chapter book, Farah Rocks Summer Break, was released in July 2020."/p>
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