Reyhaneh and Shokoofeh Rajabzadeh

Born in Iran, Reyhaneh and Shokoofeh Rajabzadeh were raised in California. Growing up, they were active members of their Muslim community in Oakland, California. When not at the Islamic Cultural Center for Northern California, they were flaunting their unibrows, leggings (before they were cool), extreme pigtails and hijabs in a small, suburban high school all while trying to teach their community about Muslims and Islam.When Shokoofeh is not working on Always Not Quite, she is working on a book and finishing her PhD in English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She travels in her books. Reyhaneh is the real adventurer of the family. Reyhaneh is an international speech therapist and performs stand-up comedy internationally in English.In Shokoofeh’s creative writing, in Reyhaneh’s stand-up comedy, and now together in their comics, they strive to reclaim their narrative as Persian-Muslim-American women. Always Not Quite tells the story of their sisterhood while growing up in post-9/11, Islamophobic America.