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Porochista Khakpour


Porochista Khakpour is the author of the forthcoming memoir Sick (Harper Perennial, June 2018), and the novels The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury, 2014)—a 2014 "Best Book of the Year" according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and more — and Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove, 2007)—the 2007 California Book Award winner in “First Fiction,” a Chicago Tribune’s “Fall’s Best,” and a New York Times “Editor’s Choice.” Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, Bookforum, Slate, Salon, Spin, CNN, The Daily Beast, Elle, and many other publications around the world. She’s had fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of Leipzig, Yaddo, Ucross, and Northwestern University’s Academy for Alternative Journalism, among others. She was last writer-in-residence at Northwestern University and Bard College, and is currently visiting professor at VCFA's MFA program and faculty at Stonecoast’s low-residency MFA. Born in Tehran and raised in the Los Angeles area, she lives in New York City’s Harlem.