I’m Samia (she/her), a writer and editor based in the Bay Area, CA. My writing explores post-grad experience, mental health, beauty, and my curiosities as a Gen Z, Muslim, Indian-American woman. I believe that the stories that are closest to our hearts are ones that resonate with people the most. In my journey as a writer, I hope to get closer to sharing the essence of who I am, while also helping young Writers of Color find the resources they need to thrive.

After graduating with my B.A. in English (Creative Writing emph.) & minor in Ethnic Studies from Mills College in 2019, I gained editorial experience through internships at The 1947 Partition Archive and Avalon Travel Publishing (under Hachette Book Group). From 2020 to 2021, I was a founding team member of Kulfi Beauty as the Content Lead & Editor, where I built Kulfi’s content & community platform called Kulfi Bites. Through various creative and social justice based projects, I’ve explored South Asian identity. I was a founding team member of South Asians 4 Black Lives (2020-2021), a former co-host of South Asian Reading Challenge (2020), and an alumn of the Bay Area Solidarity Summer program (2020 cohort). In my free time, I love playing with my cats, watching interior design videos on YouTube and going on sunset walks with a good podcast.

1. 88 Cups of Tea Podcast hosted by Yin Chang
2. Write or Die Podcast hosted by Claribel Ortega & Kat Cho
3. Story Genius by Lisa Cron
4. Write On, Sisters! & Green-Light Your Book by Brooke Warner
5. The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman
6. Voices of Our Nation (VONA/Voices)
7. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
8. We Need Diverse Books (#WNDB)
9. Pitch Wars (#PitMad) & Author Mentor Match (AMM)
10. #WritingCommunity on Twitter

1. The Map of Salt & Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar
2. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
3. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
4. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
5. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
6. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
7. Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirezzvani
8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
9. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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