Dr. Fathi was born in Lafayette, Louisiana to Iranian parents; raised in California, she attended Chadwick School and UCLA. She earned an MA from NYU and a PhD in from the University of Houston, both in creative writing and literature with an emphasis in poetry. She is the author of the poetry collection Great Guns (2013), the editor of Joan Murray: Drafts, Fragments, and Poems (NYRB Poets, 2017), the founder of the Young Artist Language and Devotion Alliance (YALDA), a mentorship and publishing platform for young women writers ages 12-19.
She's the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Poetry Foundation, the Fulbright Program, Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and teaching fellowships from NYU and the University of Houston. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Boston Review, PEN, Fence, and other journals; her translations of poetry have appeared in Circumference and Jacket2, her interviews with poets can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, and her essay on Emily Dickinson’s influence on contemporary poetry can be found in The Emily Dickinson Journal.
Teaching and writing, Dr. Fathi’s earliest callings, go hand in hand, and her students are some of her greatest inspirations as a poet. She has taught at various institutions around the country, including NYU, University of Houston, Columbia University, Poets House and the Poetry Project. She loves teaching at every level-- undergraduate, graduate, community workshop, and most of all, the pre-collegiate students she has been privileged to work with at Stanford PreCollegiate Studies for the past six years. Since joining SPCS in 2011, Dr. Fathi has taught with EPGY, SCA, OHSx, SI and SIYP, and served as a member of admissions committees for HSSC and SI. In addition to the subjects of writing and literature, Dr. Fathi is passionate about pedagogy itself and in particular is interested in the democratizing and creative possibilities of online education. Her experiences at SPCS have taught her that teenagers are some of the most visionary pioneers of the arts and humanities. Indeed, YALDA was formed to support and spotlight the writing of students Dr. Fathi worked with through SPCS summer creative writing programs. She believes that when teens are given the guidance, support and readership they deserve as writers, they can already lead the way, shaping not only the future of literature, but also advancing the cultures of literary education and publishing.
Based in Brooklyn, NY during the academic year, she returns to her native California every summer to visit family and teach at Stanford. Dr. Fathi is thrilled and honored to join OHS.