Elizabeth Salaam

Elizabeth Salaam

Elizabeth Salaam grew up in the suburban foothills of Boise, Idaho and subsequently followed a winding path to Olympia, Washington; Brooklyn, New York; and Gotsu (a tiny coastal town in Japan), before landing in San Diego in 2007. She published her first cover story for the Reader in January 2010. As of November 2014, she has published 45 cover stories, 17 profiles featuring random locals, and a few handfuls of City Lights stories. From 2010 to summer 2014, she also published a biweekly Q&A for Reader Jobs.

Her website is elizabethsalaam.com.

Latest Articles

Not that horrible woman from the Reader!

So scared to meet you.

Half of them have holes in their mouths where their teeth used to be, and the other half have sets of some-large-some-small teeth.

I could lose you forever

When I’m an old lady, this is the story I will tell about my mother.

When I am an old woman who repeats the same stories over and over again, the one I will tell of my mother will not be about the bread she baked some Saturday mornings, or ...

Give me the pills and nobody gets hurt

Pharmacy robberies on the rise

The downside of happy-pill nation.

The visionary behind the Help Neil Catch Fish Foundation

Keith Berkley, fisherman, construction guy, and big brother.

“This is it. My bones are here. San Diego is the best place on Earth.”

Meet Kleptomom

She’s strapped for cash and misses Mr. Moneybags.

"They never look at the bottom of my cart. But if they do, I'll just say, 'Oh my gosh. Sorry. Totally forgot."

And the arts cover contest winner is ... Sarah Stieber!

Sarah Stieber paints in what she calls “Electric Realism,” a style that projects the “amplification of real life,” and uses bright, vivid colors that suggest “wishful seeing.” Stieber created “Fierce” in 2014, originally intending the ...

Theater, out of the theater

Site-specific productions

Picture this: you spend the evening climbing in and out of cars where you experience a series of five-to-ten-minute plays that take place inside the cars (The Car Plays, La Jolla Playhouse, 2013–2014). Or you ...

Pennies an hour

Success, failure, and hope on the Great Sea of Apps

In April 2013, Ryan Grainger and Bobby Sullivan found themselves faced with a particular First World problem at Coachella. The then-20- and 19-year-old University of San Diego students could not see all 190 performances. Although ...

I’m Judo Math Dude

Sensei Dan Thoene’s got a black bracelet in arithmetic.

“A kid raised his hand in the back and said, ‘How long does it take to become a black belt?’”

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