Juli Herman, born and raised in Malaysia, is a homeschooling mother of five. She is currently living in the United States with her husband and children. After graduating from Iowa State University in 1999, she stayed home and has never looked back since. Even though her degree was in Computer Science, her heart belongs in the literary art of writing, among other creative pursuits. Homeschooling and parenting three teenagers and a kindergartener has added a lot of food for thought, not to mention doses of insanity, to her writing life.
Nevertheless, she continues to pursue writing as a personal endeavor, for in writing, she has delightfully found herself.
Her articles and poems have appeared in The Straight Path/An Nisaa, SISTERS magazine, Fandangle, Motherverse, HabibiHalaqas, I Got It Covered, and several anthologies (Call Me Okaasan, Muslim Voices Poetry Anthology 2006) and newsletters.
She also group blogs at Islamic Pearls, Motherverse: Mothering Out Loud, and Joy Luck Kitchen.
Addendum [January 2013]:
I have been contemplating changing the name of this blog, but decided to keep it the same for simplicity’s sake. I no longer ‘pursue’ writing actively, at least not right now, and I don’t mean that in a negative way. I see writing as a precious blessing from Allah, and an important tool in conveying good, but for now, my main pursuit has changed from writing to something else. I may go back to writing if Allah wills, but my main focus and goal right now, is not writing.
Homeschooling and parenting three teenagers and a kindergartener alongside pursuing this new pursuit has added a lot of food for thought to her life. With hope that she remains and increase on this path, she continues to strive in this pursuit, for in this journey, she has delightfully found what truly brings joy to the heart.