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Originally from Maplewood, New Jersey, Ilari Pass is a retired maintenance worker of the United States Postal Service and holds a BA in English from Guilford College of Greensboro, North Carolina, and an MA in English, with a concentration in literature, from Gardner-Webb University of Boiling Springs, North Carolina. She writes primarily poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, the ocassional flash fiction and short stories. Her new endeavor is to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families by offering Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works, such as picture and chapter books, middle grade and young adult. She's a two-time Editors' Prize for Poetry recipient and a finalist for the 2019 Ron Rash Award in Poetry in Broad River Review; an Honorable Mention in the 2020 Spring Issue of JuxtaProse Magazine; the 2020 Cream City Review Summer Poetry Contest finalist, and a Runner-up for the 2020 Doug Draime Poetry Award in The Raw Art Review. Her work appears or forthcoming in Brown Sugar Literary Magazine, Kissing Dynamite, Red Fez, Unlikely Stories, Triggerfish Critical Review, Rigorous Magazine, The American Journal of Poetry, Drunk Monkeys, The Daily Drunk, Free State Review, Common Ground Review, and others.
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Winning Entry: The Color of Pilgrimage
Contest Won: Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest 2020, Honorable Mention