Thanks for visiting my webpage. Here’s a little bit about me:

I teach literature and writing at the University of Pittsburgh and am the MFA coordinator in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. My PhD research investigated gothic narrative forms in contemporary postcolonial fiction from Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. My family is from Beirut, Lebanon, but I live now in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a husband, two kids, two cats, a very large goldfish, and lots of books.

Since becoming a parent, I’ve become an avid reader of children’s literature, and have transferred the majority of my critical and creative energies to reading and writing about children’s literature, particularly middle grade fiction and books with pictures. I started blogging about children’s literature in 2007, and have since interviewed New York Times bestselling children’s authors for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and have publications in the Times Literary Supplement (TLS), the Horn Book Magazine, the Horn Book‘s “Family Reading” blog, Mondoweiss, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction, and others.

I am most interested in experimental narrative of any sort, and any story well told about immigrants and refugees, people coping with disability, and racial/ ethnic difference. I am always on the look out for a good graphic novel, graphic nonfiction book, or picture book.

But who am I kidding? I read everything I can get my hands on.

I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a line at: julie (dot) azzam (at sign) gmail (dot) com