My name is Mariam—but you can call me Mari. I was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, a pint-sized country in the heart of the Caucasus with an endearing food-and-wine-obsessed culture. I grew up in Cairo, Egypt where I learned the language and chowed down more baba ghanoush slicked on baladi bread than you can possibly imagine. Now, I’m in the United States—or more specifically, in sunny California—writing and editing my days away. I’m a lover of all things design, fashion and food, and can never pass up anything topped with shredded mozz and a scattering of basil.

Awards and Accolades

IRMA Awards | 2017

Gold for Best Profile Writing | Gold for Magazine Writer of the Year | Silver for Best Food Feature | Bronze for Historic Feature 30,000 or more APR

Great Plains Journalism Awards | 2017

Magazine Writer of the Year | Best Magazine Profile Writing

Diamond Journalism Awards| 2016

1st place winner, Magazine Narrative/Feature Writing