kathryn silver-hajo

Kathryn studied in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Emerson College and at Grub Street Writers in Boston. Recently, she has worked with Andre Dubus III at Writers in Paradise at Eckerd College on her short story OF ALL THE COFFEE JOINTS IN ALL THE WORLD and with Ann Hood and Stewart O’Nan at the Spannocchia Writers Workshop in Tuscany on her novel, ROOTS OF THE BANYAN TREE.


Her stories and poems have appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, The New Verse News, and Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art Journal.

Kathryn's writing focuses on a range of issues, especially around identity, ethnicity, and sectarian conflict. Her stories often look at the particular challenges women face in contemporary times, both in the Middle East and the U.S. and their struggles to define their roles, identities and choices for themselves in the face of these challenges. 

Her life has been intertwined with Lebanon and the Middle East for many years. She is fluent in Arabic, and her writing is deeply influenced by her connection to the people, culture, and history of the region. She strives to bring the humanity, beauty and complexity of her characters to life in a way that contrasts with the current climate of polarization and anti-immigrant feeling prevalent in many parts of the world.

ROOTS OF THE BANYAN TREE is the story of Noor, a young girl navigating a turbulent adolescence in the midst of sectarian violence and intolerance in her native Lebanon during the civil war in the mid-1970s. Noor's determination to define her identity on her own terms--even when it puts her in grave danger--makes her life anything but ordinary, as does her passionate resolve to hold her family together.

Kathryn lives in Providence with her husband and saucy, curly-tailed pup, Kaya. In addition to writing, she is a passionate cook and explorer of places near and far.