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Donna Obeid was born and raised along the shore of Lake St. Clair 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

She is a recipient of a Raymond Carver Short Story Award from CarveMagazine, a Seventeen fiction prize and a Stanford staff photography award.

Donna has taught courses on contemporary literature, composition and research administration. She currently designs, develops and facilitates customized learning programs for Executive Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.