kathryn silver-hajo


Kathryn Silver-Hajo writes short fiction, long fiction, and poetry, mostly about life and relationships in the U.S. and Lebanon. She studied in the Creative Writing MFA program at Emerson College, has a degree in Middle Eastern studies, and speaks Arabic fluently.

After graduating, Kathryn moved to Beirut from Boston with her future husband and lived there for several years during times of war and conflict—but also of joy and inspiration. She continues to have a robust family and social network in the Middle East.


Kathryn is currently seeking representation for her novel, Roots of The Banyan Tree. Her life in Lebanon, along with stories of loved ones there, provided the inspiration for the novel. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Drabble, Cleaver Magazine, Unbroken Journal, The Ekphrastic Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Rusted Radishes Journal: Beirut Literary and Art Journal, and The New Verse News.

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.




Roots of The Banyan Tree is the story of Noor, a teenaged girl whose complex identity pits her against the forces of sectarian violence in her native Lebanon—only to confront xenophobia half way across the world in America. Yet living in New York City also opens Noor to experiences and relationships that will change how she sees herself and her place in the world. 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.