Fatin Abbas is a writer, journalist and essayist. Her short fiction has appeared in Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival, The Warwick Review, and Friction, and her journalism and essays have appeared in Le Monde Diplomatique, The Nation, Africa is a Country and Die Zeit, among other places. She gained her PhD from Harvard University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College, and is the recipient of a Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship, a Bernard Cohen Short Story Prize, and a Miriam Weinberg Richter Award, among others.
At Arc, she is working on her first novel, The Interventionists. The book follows five characters living out their lives in a small border town at the center of the civil war between north and south Sudan. The novel touches on questions of community and identity in the face of conflict, climate change, the humanitarian aid enterprise, and the relationship of diasporic subjects to their native homelands. She is undertaking research on map-making, cartography and environmental change for the purposes of the novel.