Diana Abu Jaber is an Arab- American author of Jordanian descent on her father’s side. She was born in New York State on November 5, 1959 and lived there until she was seven years old, at which time she and her family moved to Annan- Jordan’s capital city. During the following years, they moved back and forth between America and Jordan several times. She got her Bachelor’s Degree at the State University of New York College at Oswego in 1980, her Masters at University of Windsor in 1982 and her PHD at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1986. She has been a professor at Iowa State University, University of Oregon, and Portland State University and has been a guest on radio shows including one on National Public Radio.
Her first published work was Arabian Jazz, a novel published in 1993 that she won the Oregon Book Award for and got a nomination for the PEN/ Hemmingway Award. One of her best known works is Crescent for which she won numerous awards and other recognitionsThe Language of Baklava have also received awards and have been lauded. Other works of hers include Origin, Birds of Paradise, and contributions to Dinarzad's Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction, The Literary Cookbook, Why I’m Still Married, True Stories from the Mid-Life Underground as well as several periodicals.including the PEN Center Award for Literary Fiction and the American Book Award. Other works of hers such as
Diana Abu- Jaber is an extremely talented author whose works are highly lauded and influential as well as being very enjoyable to read.