Taproots: Khadijah Abdul-Haqq

Meet our First Resident Writer – Khadijah Abdul-Haqq

What is Jacaranda. Is it a blog? Is it a magazine? Is it a journal? Well….yes! Jacaranda is a hybrid publication. We took the best parts of literary journals and and the best parts of blogs and combined them into a publication of substance that publishes serious literature and light content for the literary community, and which puts out content several times per week instead of once a quarter. 

One of the features of Jacaranda is that we have a Resident Writer. Each writer will serve a six-month term and write 10 regular posts and two actual pieces. Our inaugural writer is Khadijah Abdul-Haqq!

I first met Khadijah at ISNA, where she was speaking writing. Even as an author and publisher, I learned things from her. She is the kind of person who makes everything she touches richer and more textured. 

Khadijah is the award-winning author of Nanni’s Hijab, a storybook about overcoming bullying with kindness and pride that won the 2019 Daybreak Book Award for Best Illustrations for its lively pictures and lovely color palette. She’s working on her MFA from her home in Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and two daughters and sneaks in suspense movies when she can.

As Resident Writer, Khadijah will be posting twice a month here in Taproots. She will be covering all kinds of topics, both Islamic and literary. Keep your eyes peeled especially in February and May, when we will be featuring some of her literary works. 

If you have any literary questions or topics you would like to see Khadijah discuss, please let us know in the comments! 

2 thoughts on “Taproots: Khadijah Abdul-Haqq”

  1. Dear Khadija,
    Salam alaykum

    Congratulations for the publication of your storybook, “Nanni’s Hijab”. I would love to read it and inshallah I will order it from Daybreak Press. You are an inspiring person for me. Wish you the best in your future writing endeavors and your new position as resident writer.

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