Waqas Khwaja is Professor of English and Postcolonial Literature at Agnes Scott College, where he teaches courses in Victorian poetry and fiction, British Romanticism, Narratives of Empire, Gothic literature, Postcolonial World literature, and Creative Writing. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Emory University, and LL.B. from the Punjab University, Lahore, in addition to an honorary fellowship from the International Writing Program, University of Iowa. He has published three collections of original poetry, No One Waits for the Train, Six Geese from a Tomb at Medum, and Mariam’s Lament, in addition to Writers and Landscapes, a literary travelogue about his experiences with the International Writers Program, University of Iowa, and three anthologies of Pakistani literature in translation, Cactus, Mornings in the Wilderness, and Short Stories from Pakistan. He was translation editor (and contributing translator) for Modern Poetry of Pakistan, a National Endowment of the Arts project, which showcases nearly 150 poems from Pakistan’s national and regional languages and has guest-edited a special issue of scholarly articles on Pakistani Literature for the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. A regular contributor to The Frontier Post, The Pakistan Economic Review, The Pakistan Times, News International, The Nation, and The Friday Times between 1983 and 1992, he was a practicing lawyer and visiting professor of law in Pakistan before migrating to the U.S. in 1994 to pursue an academic career in literature. He has translated Pakistani poetry and fiction from Urdu, Punjabi, and Seraiki into English and published scholarly articles on writers from a variety of linguistic and cultural traditions and on subjects as wide-ranging as literature and economics, history, culture, and politics. A special issue on Pakistani poetry that he guest edited for Atlanta Review, Vol XX, No. 2, was released in Spring 2014. His own poems have appeared in US, Pakistani, European, and Far Eastern publications, literary journals and anthologies.
Publications and Prizes
Books:No One Waits for the Train
(Alhambra Publishing, 2007), Mariam's Lament and other poems
(Sang-e-Meel Publications, 1991), Writers and Landscapes
(Sang-e-Meel Publications, 1991), Six Geese From a Tomb at Medum
(Sang-e-Meel Publications, 1987)
Anthologies:Poetry and Voice
(Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012), Modern Poetry of Pakistan
(Dalkey Archive Press, 2011), A Dragonfly in the Sun
(Oxford University Press, 1997), Mornings in the Wilderness: Readings in Pakistani Literature
(Sang-e-Meel Publications, 1988)
Waqas Khwaja Resume
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