Mohamed (Moe) Shalabi is a Palestinian-American author of literary and speculative fiction, neuroscientist, and former junior literary agent. He was mentored by the author Neil Connelly as part of the competitive AWP mentorship program. Moe’s stories are inspired by his diverse background and upbringing in the Middle East. His writing appears in multiple literary magazines such as the Nonbinary Review and Reed Magazine. His short story Palestina was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. When he’s not working on his multiple manuscripts, Moe works as a full-time consultant in Washington, D.C.
Some of his favorite novels include Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The Man in the High Castle by PKD, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, In The Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner, The Age of Reinvention by Karen Tuil, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, American War by Omar El Akkad, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and The Song of Achilles and Circe by Madeline Miller.