The Short Bio

Deonna Kelli Sayed is a recovering ghost hunter, an American Muslim, and an interfaith instigator.  She is also an internationally published author and an award-winning podcaster.  Deonna is the PEN America NC Piedmont representative. Once upon a time, she was the Festival Coordinator for Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival. Now, she works for the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and serves as the Logistics Coordinator during the NC Folk Festival. Deonna also works for a French chef — because all writers need multiple side gigs. Sometimes, Deonna performs monologues and one-woman pieces. She is the doer of many things.

Follow Deonna on Twitter @deonnakelli and Instagram @deonnasayed 

The Long Bio

Deonna Kelli Sayed is an internationally published author, a storyteller, TEDx speaker, and an award winning podcast producer.  She is an interfaith dialogue instigator and a recovering ghost hunter.

She is the PEN America representative for the N.C. Piedmont area (Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh). 

Deonna is the author of Paranormal Obsession: America’s Fascination with Ghosts & Hauntings, Spooks and Spirits. Her essays are included in Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and Faithfully Feminists: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay. Her short story is featured in the Press 53 anthology, Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction From a Small Planet.

Her personal essays appear at The Dirty Spoon,  The Manifestation, AltMuslimah, & Patheos. Her podcast work for Yes!Weekly, OUT IN THE SOUTH, received state and national press awards (2017).

Deonna’s media appearances include NPR, WUNC-TV,  WUNC’s “The State of Things,” The Monti, and local NPR affiliate, WFDD.  She is the Membership Coordinator for the N.C. Writers’ Network, the 2018-2019 Festival Coordinator for Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival,

She is currently working on a memoir centered on her experiences with Muslim-Jewish dialogue, and how personal and political origin stories impact how we understand the world.

Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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