DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING collaborates with many editors and proofreaders from around the world. Meet a few of them.
Layla Abdullah-Poulos’ work in literature spans decades. She has a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an A.C. in Women and Gender Studies. Layla presently teaches history as an adjunct instructor and writing skills as a learning coach.
Layla is a respected writer. Her career began as a staff writer for SUNY Empire State College’s The Student Connection student-run newsletter, where she focused on writing articles that helped students successfully navigate the collegiate environment. Layla then became a U.S. correspondent for About Islam, and she continues to write articles highlighting American Muslim experiences for the publication. She also has articles published in The Islamic Monthly, All About Mentoring, and The Metropolitan Review.
Layla is managing editor for the NbA Muslims blog on the Patheos Muslim Channel. The blog highlights the heritages, experiences, and cultural productions of native‐born American Muslims of African American, Indigenous, Latinx, and European descent. She frequently writes book reviews for NbA Muslims as well as conducts online interviews with Muslim authors for NbA Muslims Authors Speak. Layla also writes reviews for literary publications, and she enjoys a reputation for giving inciteful and critically-constructive reviews.
“Alhamdulillah, I am excited to work with Djarabi Kitabs Publishing authors and be a part of asserting Muslim voices in literature. Ours is a dynamic culture, and readers need exposure to our diverse points of view. I will work to have a positive editor-author relationship during what can be a nerve-wracking part of the writing process. I am here to assist authors in presenting a refined and polished final product while respecting their purpose and message.”
Aisha Idris has a BS in Psychology and she is passionate about writing. She discovered her love for writing during her pre-medical years and that was when she started taking up freelance jobs for various clients. Five years later she has worked with different websites and written articles on various niches. Currently she is a feature writer for Muslimah Bloggers and writes inspiring articles on her blog name Aisha Writes. She wishes to bring a positive change in the lives of people through her words and her book that is currently under editing process.
Aisha enjoys reading books and also reviews them on her second blog The Bookish Nomad. She has also reviewed books on Onlinebookclub.org and has officially reviewed books for FB Publishing House and for several authors; Papatia Feauxzar, Aishah Adams, Majid Mehmood, Hend Hegazi, Umair Naeem, Hafsa Zarnab, Sheima Salam, Saadia Faruqi, Yasmine Mogahed and Katherine Russell.
Apart from reading and writing, she enjoys travelling, trying out new food and is a coffee addict. Aisha looks forward to working with children in order to help them towards living a better life. She has already worked at Kashana-e-Atfal which is a hostel for girls coming from underprivileged families and has provided group counselling sessions at Sirat-ul-Jannah and SHED Foundation.
Megan Berryman has an advanced Associates Degree in Humanities and a Bachelors Degree in Literature from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has loved reading since she was a child and has always enjoyed helping fellow students with their papers and research. She has always had an interest in editing and publishing because she feels that there are many sections of Literature that are seriously lacking and need improvement. She hopes to have a hand in expanding the world of Literature so that everyone will have the opportunity to read something of quality.
She grew up in Dallas and still lives there with her family. She works full time as the office manager of a small eye Doctors office and spends her nights and weekends with her husband and daughter. She loves to travel, learn about different cultures, drink coffee, and of course read.
Megan is so excited to work with Djarabi Kitabs Publishing and hopes that she can both learn from and be a help to everyone she comes in contact with.