About Me

From small town New Hampshire to the Czech Republic (or are we having to call it Czechia now?) to Egypt, this writer finds home in the sounds of pen on paper and the clinking of keys.about me pic in frame.jpg

My name is Jillian Pikora. I am a graduate of North Carolina State University, where I studied the Middle East, Global Perspectives, and Political Science.  After working on several political campaigns in a variety of locales, and volunteering extensively with the Girl Scouts as a lifelong member; I brought my enthusiasm for helping others and organizing events to several Muslim non-profits.

I embrace my Muslim community by attending a variety of Masjids where I have helped others begin Girl Scout Troops for their daughters and volunteered teaching young children beginning Arabic.

Currently, I am working full-time as a writer. I’ve written and contributed to numerous websites and blogs, some of this work can be viewed here.

I have been writing in journals since I was seven years old. I write to record details, make observations, journal my daily life, write songs and poems, and short story ideas, and later reflect on these passages. I am so privileged that I now have opportunities to share my writings with an audience. I hope you enjoy reading my work as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Maryam says:

    As salaamu alaykum Jillian!

    I got to know about your blog through SISTERS Magazine. Please, let’s connect. I reside in Raleigh and I work @ NC-State. I’m also the USA SISTERS Magazine distributor. Such a small world!

    Your article in SISTERS titled, “Avoiding Umrah and Hajj Scams” was very eye-opening.

    Great job, Sis!

    Hugs,

    Maryam

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    • jillianpikora says:

      Wa alaikum assalaam Maryam!

      Thank you for your support. I have another article coming out in the November issue of SISTERS Magazine “Love Is All You Need?” and I have two pieces in the current issue of Azizah Magazine: “Bilal’s Story” & “Race in Southern Mosques”. I hope you can pick a copy and hopefully enjoy them.

      I now live in FL but I do go back to NC about once a year. InshaAllah I can do a meetup.

      Please stay intouch and share my work!

      Ma’assalaama,
      Jillian

      PS my facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/jillianpikora

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  2. Maryam says:

    As salaamu alaykum, Jillian!

    I need to renew my Azizah Magazine subscription.

    When did u start writing for SISTERS and Azizah? I do write occasionally for both but not too often because I do get bugged down with school work and family life. My latest article in SISTERS is a poem in issue 57 of June 2014, I think. It’s titled, “Get Married, Be Married, Stay Married!

    Where in FL do u now live? I used to live in Tampa before I moved to KS then to NC.

    Enjoy the sunny FL weather. I miss that a lot but NC ain’t bad @ all compared to KS:)

    Take care and have a splendid week.

    Maryam

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  3. jillianpikora says:

    Wa alaikum assalaam Maryam,

    I started writing for SISTERS in the summer and I started writing for Azizah a year ago.

    I will try to find a copy of your article! InshaAllah we can connect on the “We Write for SISTERS” Facebook group.

    My family moved to FL in March 2013 from NC. I’ve lived in MA, NH, WA, VA, NC, and FL. I was raised in NH and I prefer the north. I am a cold weather girl so FL weather is not for me! Want to trade places? InshaAllah I’ll relocate for work again soon. 😉

    All the best to you too!

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  4. Maryam says:

    As salaamu alaykum Jillian!
    It’s over one year now since we both connected. Time flies!
    I just finished reading your article published in the Issue 72 of SISTERS Magazine.
    I was thrilled to learn about the eco-movement in Egypt. How are you doing in your new country? How’s the Arabic language going for you? My Arabic teacher is actually an Egyptian and lives in Egypt while she teaches me online. I’ve been her student for the past 5 years, alhamdulilaah.

    Please, tell me. What are the best Arabic learning centers for families with children in Egpyt? I am so curious to know. I have few friends who have moved there temporarily to learn Arabic.

    Hope to hear from you.

    Warm regards,

    Maryam

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