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Writer, Linguist, Anthropologist, Ghostwriter
I am a published writer, who spent a career as a linguist (professor, translator/interpreter).
Linguist: Born in Algeria of Francophone parents, I was raised bilingual (English and French), and spent a lifetime of travel in Africa, Asia, Europe and the U.S. I underwent intensive training and degrees in Iranian languages (Persian & Pashto at the Institut de Langues Orientales). My anthropological fieldwork in Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as among exiled communities, over ten years, yielded two books and several articles.
Writer/Anthropologist: Trained as a writer (Bard College) and anthropologist (Univ of Pennsylvania), I have blended the two skills to produce life stories. I am currently completing a fiction novel about a Pashtun immigrant at a convenience store.
I also combine the arts of writing with anthropological interviewing to write/ghostwrite memoirs. I’ve helped clients, mostly the elderly, to organize and write their life stories. I have also begun writing my own memoir which I will not complete and submit for publication yet.