G. Willow Wilson

"Once you discover that the world rewards reckless faith, no lesser world is worth contemplating."

Willow Wilson is an author of exceptional talent and courage. Her writing tackles, across multiple genres, the most pressing issues of our time including religious intolerance and gender politics.

An American convert to Islam, Willow lives today in both Egypt and the United States. Her articles, graphic novels and books reflect her extraordinary cross-cultural experiences with remarkable originality and insight. She is the author of three books, multiple graphic novels, and three comic book series, including the groundbreaking Ms. Marvel.

In a field typically dominated by male novelists Willow stands out no less than the strong female characters she creates. Her first novel, Alif the Unseen, was a contender for the Orange Prize and was awarded the World Fantasy Prize. Her comic book series Ms. Marvel, called “pitch perfect” by the New York Times, won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. In 2018, Willow became the new ongoing writer of DC’s Wonder Woman series.

Willow was the first westerner to be granted a private interview with Sheikh Ali Gomaa, and her articles about the Middle East and modern Islam have appeared in the New York TimesThe Atlantic and the Canada National Post. Her memoir about life in Egypt during the waning years of the Mubarak regime, The Butterfly Mosque, has served as a common read for communities and campuses across the country. Willow’s latest novel, The Bird King, a fantastical journey set at the height of the Spanish Inquisition, was released in 2019 and met with high praise.

A Superhero for Generation Why | G. Willow Wilson | TEDxRainier


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