Dina Rabadi

Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Chicago, IL
Illinois US

Author's Bio

Born in Jordan in 1974 to a Jordanian father and a Czech mother; Rabadi and her family immigrated to the United States in 1978. She recently published her debut short story collection, Peter's Moonlight Photography and Other Stories. A graduate of Smith College, she has been published in over twenty periodicals including The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and Fiction (2003 short story finalist.) Rabadi was made a Fellow in the Arts by the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership and has received a Vogelstein Foundation writing grant for travel to Jordan to conduct field research for her next novel. Additionally, she has been awarded a writing residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology near Portland, Oregon and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. She recently completed her first novel which is partially set in the Middle East. She is continuing to build the 501 (c) (3) nonprofit she founded, Global Alliance of Artists, which utilizes art and creativity to solve social problems.

Publications & Prizes

Blue Jean: What Young Women Are Thinking, Saying and Doing (Blue Jean Press, 2001)
Baltimore Sun
Downstate Story Magazine
Little India
Los Angeles Times
The Armchair Aesthete
The Boston Globe
Prizes won: 

Review Panel Member, CityArts Program Review Panel, Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Chicago (2007-current) Special Assistance Grant, Illinois Arts Council (Fall 2006) Fellowship, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, OR (Fall 2006) Creative Writing Grant, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation (2006) Semi-Finalist, The William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition (2005) Fiction Merit-based Scholarship, Squaw Valley Community of Writers (2003) Short Story Finalist, Fiction (2003) Fellow in the Arts, Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership (2001)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Isabel Allende George Bernard Shaw
What I'm reading now: 
Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges, The World As Will and Representation by Arthur Schopenhauer, The American Auto Factory by Bryon Olsen and Joseph Cabadas

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Arab American
Prefers to work with: 
At Risk Youth, Children, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teachers, Teenagers
Born in: 
Ajloun, Jordan
Raised in: 
Muncie, IN
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Last update: Oct 23, 2022