Hi, I’m Nesima Aberra.
Short story: I’m a freelancer writer in Washington D.C. passionate about telling stories about social impact.
I got my MA in International Media from American University and my BA in Journalism and BA in Global Studies from Arizona State University.
I love tea and donuts.
I’ve always been a writer since I was a kid. Yes, I’m one of those weird people that knew what they loved but unfortunately loving and living the creative life becomes increasingly harder as you get older. Being a woman of color and daughter of immigrants also made it challenging to boldly claim my identity as a writer.
During my undergrad years, I led the largest feminist organization on campus, conducted research on religion and conflict, worked at a social enterprise in rural Guatemalan cities, interned at a refugee agency, wrote articles for a millennial culture news site and had tried repeatedly to stick to my schedule of daily novel writing, but still wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do next.
I explored the possibility of working in law, diplomacy, international development, advocacy and strategic communication and even the Peace Corps.
I decided that I wanted to be closer to the pulse of innovation and changemakers so after graduation, I went to San Francisco to learn about social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. I was a New Sector Fellow and worked in communications and marketing at a local nonprofit.
Ultimately, I realized my core mission: using storytelling as a tool to help us understand the way things are and to imagine how they could be.
As a journalist, I am passionate about exploring social impact, global affairs, identity, justice and conflict resolution. I believe that my voice and the voices that I capture are important to hear and understand.
I’m primarily interested in long-form storytelling, creative non-fiction, solutions journalism, poetry and comedy.
Some of my future plans include shooting a documentary, starting my own podcast, producing my own improv/sketch comedy show, doing voiceover work, and travel writing.
In my spare time, I write and perform with a bunch of really cool artists in The Sanctuaries. I’m a 2015 alum of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation writer’s workshop in Fiction and will finish my novel eventually.
I look forward to connecting with you!