|Born||Syracuse, New York|
|Occupation||Novelist, professor at Portland State University|
Early life and education
Abu-Jaber was born in Syracuse, New York. Her father was Jordanian with a Palestinian Jerusalemite mother; Diana's mother was American, descended from Irish and German roots. At the age of seven, she moved with her family for two years to Jordan. She received a BA in English and Creative Writing from the State University of New York at Oswego, an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor, and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. She divides her time between Miami and Portland.
Abu-Jaber writes about Arab and Arab-American culture and identity, often using the culture of food and food production.
Her academic appointments include: Visiting Assistant Professor, English, Iowa State University (1990); Assistant Professor, English, University of Oregon (1990–1995); and Writer-in-Residence/Professor, English Department, Portland State University (1996–present).
- Arabian Jazz (1993) - Oregon Book Award (1994)
- Crescent (2003) - PEN Center USA Award for Literary Fiction (1994), Twenty Noteworthy Novels of 2003 by The Christian Science Monitor
- Origin (2007)
- Birds Of Paradise (2011)
- Fencing with the King (2022)
- The Language of Baklava (2005)
- Life Without a Recipe (2016)
- Young Adult fiction
- Silverworld (2020)
- The Other Woman: Twenty-one Wives, Lovers, and Others Talk Openly About Sex, Deception, Love, and Betrayal includes "The Lost City of Love"
- Loomis, Linda (4 November 2018). "Diana Abu-Jaber to tell Gifford audience how CNY made her a writer". Syracuse. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
- Fuller, Emily (12 April 2017). "The Meaning Of Food For Award-Winning Author Diana Abu-Jaber". OPB News. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
- "Portland State College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: English Department | Diana Abu-Jaber, Ph.D." www.pdx.edu. Retrieved 2019-04-16.