Everywhere Stories Contributor Spotlight: Deonna Kelli Sayed

Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small PlanetVolume III is now available for pre-order from the publisher. Like the earlier volumes, this one includes 20 stories by 20 writers set in 20 countries. Deonna Keli Sayed’s story takes place in Azerbaijan.


Deonna Kelli Sayed is a writer, storyteller, ghost hunter, and interfaith instigator. Her work is included in Love, Insh’allah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and Faithfully Feminists: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay. Deonna is currently writing a memoir about love, faith, and ghosts.

Comment on “The Treasury of Mysteries”: I spent a year in Azerbaijan during the early 2000s.So many histories and narratives collided in this little country bordering Iran. I once took a trip north to the Caucasus Mountains where the air vibrated with an energy I’d never felt before. I wanted to capture some of that magic in the story, as well as the complexities of a Central Asian country coming out of Soviet rule. Incidentally, the story title is from a poem by the 12th Century Azeri poet, Nizami.

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