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Author Photo-1C-2014Marina Budhos is an author of award-winning fiction and nonfiction.

This year she will publish Watched (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House), a follow-up to Ask Me No Questions, taking on surveillance in a post 9/11 era. Set in Queens, NYC, Watched tells the story of Naeem—a teenage boy who thinks he can charm his way through life. One day his mistakes catch up with him and the cops offer him a dark deal.

In 2017, Marina will also publish The Eyes of the World: Robert Capa & Gerda Taro & The Invention of Modern Photojournalism, (Henry Holt & Co.) co-authored with Marc Aronson, in 2017. Among the first to depict modern warfare, Capa and Taro took powerful photographs of the Spanish Civil War that went straight from the devastation to news magazines. In so doing, they helped birth to the idea of bearing witness with technology, bringing home tragedies from across the world.

Marina is the author of the young adult novels Tell Us We’re Home and Ask Me No Questions, which are taught in school districts throughout the country. She has published the adult novels The Professor of Light and House of Waiting, and a nonfiction book, Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers. Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom & Science, co-authored with her husband Marc Aronson, was a 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist. Her books have been published in several countries, and her short stories, articles, essays, and book reviews have appeared in publications such as The Daily Beast, The Awl, The Huffington Post, LitHub, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Nation, Dissent, Marie Claire, Redbook, Travel & Leisure, the Los Angeles Times, and in anthologies.

Marina has received an EMMA (Exceptional Merit Media Award), a Rona Jaffe Award for Women Writers, and has twice received a Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts. She has been a Fulbright Scholar to India, given talks throughout the country and abroad, and is a professor of English at William Paterson University. She is a graduate of Cornell and Brown universities.

She is married to the author Marc Aronson and lives in New Jersey, with their two sons, Sasha and Rafi.

4 Responses to Home

  1. Jonatan says:

    Umm this is kinda random but im doing this project about you because im a big fan and i cant find much information about you like how old you are or where you went to school. please help me!

  2. Leonard Joseph Punambolam says:

    Hello Marina,
    My name is Leonard Joseph Punambolam. My family name is Joseph and we also lived at Letter Kenny Village. My dad was known as Cyril Patrick on the second street. After seeing your picture, I thought that your face looked like someone I know from the first street. His name is Victor Budhoo. Are you related? If not, who is your father. Thanks and have a great day. God Bless. Leonard.

  3. Neelawattie Arjoon says:

    Dear Marina,
    My name is Neela Arjoon. It was nice meeting you at the GOPIO event in Queens last Saturday. I spoke with my colleagues and they were all excited about inviting you to visit our school in the Bronx and speaking with our middle school students about your work.
    I really hope you can say yes and then we can work out the details.

    Regards,
    Neela Arjoon

  4. admin says:

    Dear Neela,
    I’d be happy to come to your school. I’ll reply via my email and send you some information that might be of help.
    Best,
    Marina Budhos

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