Zeyn Joukhadar is the author of the novel The Map of Salt and Stars (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, May 2018), a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), and a member of American Mensa. His work has appeared in Salon, The Paris Review Daily, The Kenyon Review, The Saturday Evening Post, PANK Magazine, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net. The Map of Salt and Stars, currently being translated into sixteen languages, was a 2018 Middle East Book Award winner in Youth Literature, a 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist in Historical Fiction, and received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and others. Joukhadar has been an artist in residence at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California; the Fes Medina Project in Fes, Morocco; and Beit al-Atlas in Beirut, Lebanon. He will be an artist in residence at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan in 2019.
Originally from New York City, Joukhadar earned a PhD in the Pathobiology Graduate Program at Brown University and worked as a biomedical research scientist before switching careers to pursue writing full time.