This August, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop celebrates the launch of Nawaaz Ahmed‘s moving debut novel, Radiant Fugitives. This multi-generational epic, which follows three generations of a Muslim Indian family, examines faith, forgiveness, and enduring love. Through the use of intelligent and beautiful language, Radiant Fugitives is an “exploration of our common humanity, and the ways in which we are more alike than different” (Wally Lamb). Nawaaz will be joined in conversation by poet, novelist, and professor Kazim Ali.
*This event will be live-streamed on Zoom, and captions will be available. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link via email. The event will be uploaded to AAWW YouTube channel the following week.*
NAWAAZ AHMED was born in Tamil Nadu, India. Before turning to writing, he was a computer scientist, researching search algorithms for Yahoo. He holds an MFA from University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and is the winner of several Hopwood Awards. He is the recipient of residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, and VCCA. He’s also a Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
KAZIM ALI is the author of Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water, as well as several volumes of poetry, novels, essay collections, and cross-genre texts. His collections of poetry include Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, and The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award. Ali is also an accomplished translator and the editor of several anthologies and books of criticism. He has taught at various colleges and universities, including Oberlin College, Davidson College, St. Mary’s College of California, and Naropa University. He is currently a professor of Literature and Writing at the University of California, San Diego.
Nawaaz Ahmed, Kazim Ali