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Donna Obeid was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan and both an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with honors from American University where she was awarded an adjunct fellowship. The two years she spent as a visiting scholar in Northern Thailand mentoring emerging English language teachers inspired her first published short story, Once, which appeared in Detroit Metropolitan Woman. 

She is a recipient of a Raymond Carver Short Story Award from CarveMagazine, a Seventeen fiction prize and a Stanford staff photography award. She recently attended Sirenland and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as a fiction contributor.

Donna has taught courses on composition, contemporary literature and research administration. She currently serves as associate director of executive education at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.