About the Author

I am a jewelry designer, painter and cartoonist. I received my BFA in illustration from the Academy of Art University in 2001 and my MFA from the Academy of Art University in graphic novels in 2011. In 2007 I studied Arabic calligraphy in Ramallah, Palestine with master calligrapher Ehab Thabet.  In 2010 I started an Arabic calligraphy jewelry business. My Arabic calligraphy jewelry is made by first writing the word by hand with a reed pen. Stones in the Arabic calligraphy jewelry correspond to dots in Arabic letters like in the letter baa (b) ب. In 2005 I left California for Palestine. I lived in the West Bank for three years where I divided my time between being a human rights worker, a political cartoonist, and an art teacher for kids.  Now I live in Oakland, California where I am working on a graphic novel called Tear Gas in the Morning which is a memoir about the nonviolent resistance movement in Palestine. Check my website for announcements about when it will be released and how to purchase it. www.katiemiranda.com 

Katie Miranda is a Muslima Ambassador. See her Muslima Story here.