Welcome to The Honeyed Quill (formerly The Spire), home to the writing of Shawna Ayoub Ainslie.

Shawna received an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University with a Fiction thesis on the Lebanese Civil War and resulting Lebanese-American diaspora. Her writing has appeared in Grist Online, Arab Comment, Racialicious, Medium: The Archipelago and was selected by Amy Gigi Alexander for the Stories of Good essay series. Shawna’s work addresses themes of race, place, abuse, mental health, parenting, faith, science fiction and fantasy.

In addition to writing, Shawna undertakes unrealistic crochet projects, crafts artisan scrubs and rubs, is an avid reader of paranormal detective romance, creates recipes, teaches Creative Writing, and often chooses to honor her children’s creative processes by not scraping glitter-glue off the table.

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Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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