about


Alaleh is a writer & illustrator from Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Literature from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara and a master’s in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing from Cardiff University. She has written one novel, White Mulberries, and recently published her first collection of poetry, Twenty Irish Love Poems and a Grecian Lament (Written in the English Language by a Persian Poetess). Her current projects include: The Vampire Annika, a collection of short stories, fairy tales, advice columns, comics and fashion articles which she has been sharing online since 2019, and Sóley the Selkie, a new project she is currently developing.

PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS & OTHER WRITING PROJECTS

Alaleh Banu, articles on women, history & the macabre, Medium, (2023)

Esmeralda the Witch, illustrated children’s stories & fairy tales, online series, (2020-2022)

The Musings & Misadventures of the Vampire Annika, illustrated short stories, fairy tales, comics and bad advice, online series, (2019-2021)

Twenty Irish Love Poems and a Grecian Lament (Written in the English Language by a Persian Poetess), Lulu, (2019)

Banu Stardust, a style and beauty blog inspired by the fantastic femmes of sci-fi, spy-fi, crime, horror, mystery, action and adventure, (2017-2018)

The Orangery Letters, blog, (2016-2017)

White Mulberries, a novel, (2007-2015)

Black Waves in Cardiff Bay, Cinnamon Press, Cardiff, United Kingdom, (2008)

White Mulberries and Other Short Stories, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom, (2008)

Teaching the Dance, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom, (2008)

The Imagination in Diaspora, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom, (2008)

Tuesday Nights at the Greek, Tornado Press, Santa Barbara, California, (2002)

The Apollo Poems, Moble Goli Press, Santa Barbara, California, (2001)

The Bluebeard Poems, Moble Goli Press, Santa Barbara, California, (2000)

La Gitana, The Catalyst, UCSB, Santa Barbara, California, (1999)

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