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Uzma Aslam Khan

Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing

Uzma Aslam Khan, assistant professor of fiction writing, received an M.F.A in creative writing from the University of Arizona. Uzma Aslam Khan’s first novel, The Story of Noble Rot (Penguin India 2001, reissued by Rupa & Co. 2009) enjoyed critical acclaim in South Asia. Trespassing (Henry Holt 2004), her second novel, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and translated into fourteen languages. In 2009 her third novel, The Geometry of God (Clockroot/Interlink Publishing), was also released world-wide,and selected as one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2009. Her fourth novel, Thinner than Skin, is slated for release in Fall 2012. Extracts of Thinner than Skin have appeared in various publications – including in Granta magazine’s hugely popular issue on Pakistan – and is forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review.

Her work is primarily set in modern-day Pakistan against a local and global backdrop of ethnic, religious, and environmental conflict, centering on those at the margins of society (women, the poor, minorities, children, and animals – from turtles to silkworms and even a “dog-whale”) who are made more vulnerable by war, and for whom there is a profound sense of claustrophobia and loss, as well as of discovery, including of hybrid spaces and identities. In addition to fiction, she has published essays on many subjects, including ethnic warfare, women and fiction, and US foreign policy, focusing in particular on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the drone attacks on Pakistan. These have appeared in Dawn Pakistan, Drawbridge UK, First City India, Counterpunch, and World Pulse, among other journals, as well as in the anthology How They See Us: Meditations on America, published by Atlas Books.

Recent and Upcoming Courses
IA-0252: Intermediate Fiction Writing. Techniques in Fiction: The Child Narrator (Fall 2013)
IA-0285: Creative Writing W'shop:Topics in Craft: Defamiliarization (Fall 2013)
IA-0230: Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction and Non-fiction (Spring 2013)
IA-0295: Structure and the Story (Spring 2013)


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Uzma Khan
Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing
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Mail Code HA
Hampshire College
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Amherst, MA 01002

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