Patricia Sarrafian Ward

Patricia Sarrafian Ward
Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

Recent works: The Bullet Collection, 2003

Favorite Writers: I don’t have favorite writers. I read all kinds of books, usually several at a time. The most beautiful books I read in the past year are Nisanit by Fadia Faqir and Martyr’s Crossing by Amy Wilentz.

Quote: I have stopped worrying about nationality. What is Arab–American? Some people laugh when I am called that; others argue it is absolutely justified. Sometimes I wish those things were more clear, but mostly I am relieved they aren’t. I don’t know what I am, other than being a writer. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. I am always experimenting, from the literary voice of my novel to strange fables about faith to epic fantasy to science fiction. I have come to realize my past of war and loss is a thread I pull through every tale; maybe that is a kind of identity. As for being a writer, here is my favorite thing: If I go for a walk on the beach, or lie on the floor staring out the window, I’m still working.

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