Omar Mouallem

MFA Mentor

Omar Mouallem Omar Mouallem

Writer and filmmaker Omar Mouallem has worked for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, CBC and WIRED. Over the course of his 15-year media career, he’s edited magazines, ghostwritten bestselling memoirs, hosted several podcasts, and co-directed an award-winning documentary about a mental health crisis in the Alberta oil patch. His second film, The Last Baron, which documents the unlikely link between fast-food and Lebanese war refugees, and his second book, Praying to the West: How Muslims Shaped the Americas, were both released in fall 2021. Omar is also what he calls the “fake dean” of Pandemic University, a virtual school he founded in support of writers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.