Uzma Aslam Khan

Author's Bio

Uzma Aslam Khan is an award-winning author of four novels, including Trespassing, The Geometry of God, and Thinner than Skin, all translated worldwide to critical acclaim. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Granta, The Massachusetts Review, Guardian, Counterpunch, Drawbridge, Dawn, and Herald, among other periodicals and journals, national and international, and is forthcoming in Nimrod International Journal of Poetry and Prose, and Calyx magazine. Khan's fifth novel, The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali, is forthcoming in 2019. Born and raised in Pakistan, Khan has lived in many locations across the globe, including England, Japan, Philippines, Morocco, and Oceania. She currently lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at

Publications and Prizes

The Geometry of God
(Interlink Publishing Group, 2009)
, The Story of Noble Rot
(Penguin Books India, 2001)
, Thinner Than Skin
(Interlink Publishing Group, 2012)
, Trespassing
(Metropolitan, 2004)
Prizes Won: 
NOVELS: Thinner Than Skin won the inaugural French Embassy Prize for Best Fiction at the Karachi Literature Festival 2014. It was also nominated for The Man Asian Literary Prize 2012, and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2014. The Geometry of God won the Bronze Award in the Independent Publishers Books Awards 2010, was selected as one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2009, and was a finalist of Foreword Magazine’s Best Books of 2009. Trespassing was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Eurasia region) in 2003. SHORT STORIES: “My Mother is a Lunar Crater” was awarded second prize in the 22nd Annual Zoetrope: All Story Short Fiction Competition in December 2018, judged by Colum McCann. The same story was also nominated for the 4thAnnual Margarita Donnelly Prize for Prose Writing by Calyx journal in November 2018, judged by Molly Gloss.

More Information

Listed as: 
Fiction Writer
Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
Asian American, Muslim, South Asian
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Fluent in: 
English, Urdu
Born in: 
Lahore, Pakistan
Raised in: 
Manila, Tokyo, London, and Karachi, Pakistan
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Last updated: Mar 23, 2019