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Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana Abu-Jaber is a Jordinian Palestinian American author and professor.

She was born in 1960 in Syracuse, New York, and she is of Jordinian and Palestinian descent. She is currently a professor in the English Department at Portland State University. Prior to her current job, Diana was an assistant English professor at Iowa State University and the University of Oregon, as well as an acclaimed and award-winning author. Her more recent works include Birds of Paradise, Silverworld, and Fencing with the King.

Diana received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing from the State University of New York at Oswego, an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor, and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University.

Throughout her career, Diana has received the 1994 Oregon Book Award for her novel Arabian Jazz, as well as the 1994 PEN Center USA Award for Literary Fiction for her book Crescent.


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