She’s a homegrown San Franciscan. Her writing appears in The Best American Essays 2017, the New York Times, Tin House, Threepenny Review, River Teeth, Nowhere Magazine, the New England Review and the recent anthologies Dig If You Will The Picture: Remembering Prince and Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California.
A 2018 MacDowell Colonist and a 2019 Ucross Foundation Fellow, Alia has also been an Artist in Residence with Writing Between the Vines and The Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat. The Squaw Valley Community of Writers awarded her the Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship twice. She was runner-up of The MOTH’s GrandSLAM Championship in 2014.
Her memoir, HOME BAKED: MY MOM, MARIJUANA AND THE STONING OF SAN FRANCISCO, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in spring, 2020.
Represented by Farley Chase at Chase Literary Agency, and Dana Spector at CAA.