Melika Belhaj is an Moroccan American writer and youth educator. Her work explores the dynamics of authenticity, tradition, and identity. She wrote and designed Binti: Daughter of Arab America in 2016 and is currently one half of ya banat, a storytelling project reframing narratives of the North African Diaspora. Melika offers pop-up dinners that provide space for artists and community to connect and build. In her free time she plays basketball.

Photograph: Noor Alomran

Photograph: Noor Alomran