Semia Harbawi lives with her husband and two children in Tunis, Tunisia. She is assistant professor at the English department of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Tunis, where she teaches English and postcolonial literature. Her publications include short stories in Long Story Short, Moondance, and Miranda Literary Magazine. She has writtten articles on “Resistive Aesthetics: Jamaica Kincaid’s Formal Strategies” in Connecticut Review and “Narrativising Betrayal in Hanan al-Shaykh’s The Story of Zahra” in The Arabesques Review.

In answer to our question of why she writes, Semia responded: “I would say that it mainly is my attempt to blur boundaries between the abject and the beautiful, in addition to the correlative need to prize some scraps of meaning out of ordinary occurrences.”







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