Photo by Zoe Strauss. From City Lab. 

Photo by Zoe Strauss. From City Lab

Parts of Emily Chammah can be found throughout the world, buried in sand. Locations worth noting: the sleepy dunes near Lake Michigan, the black beach beside the orange groves in Ras al-Bassit, the bed of the Nile, the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in Far West Texas. 

Emily is a writer and an assistant editor at American Short Fiction, where she co-organizes The Insider Prize, a contest for incarcerated writers in Texas. She is the winner of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, and her fiction can be found in The Common. She works as an immigration paralegal in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.