Wilfred Eggelston Nonfiction Award winner
Omar Mouallem is a creative nonfiction writer, documentary filmmaker, and educator. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, WIRED, and NewYorker.com. He coauthored the bestselling disaster thriller Inside the Inferno: A Firefighter’s Story of the Brotherhood that Saved Fort McMurray. His book Praying to the West: How Muslims Shaped the Americas won the 2022 Wilfred Eggelston Nonfiction Award. Omar also co-directed Digging in the Dirt, an award-winning documentary about a mental health crisis in Western Canada’s oil and gas industry, and The Last Baron, a critically acclaimed short film about the unlikely link between fast-food and Lebanese immigrants, which is currently being expanded into a feature film.
In April 2020, Omar he founded Pandemic University Pop-up School of Writing, a virtual school in support of writers affected by the COVID-19 fallout, and which has since grown into a full-fledged company serving 3,000 writers from 60 over countries.