Dilruba Ahmed


Greater Philadelphia, PA

Author's Bio

Dilruba Ahmed’s debut book, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press, 2011), won the Bakeless Prize for Poetry awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her work is recent or forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Agni, The Collagist, Kenyon Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. Ahmed’s poems have also appeared in Poetry, New England Review, and New Orleans Review, and have been anthologized in Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016); Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas, 2010); and elsewhere. Her writing has appeared in the Michigan Quarterly Review blog, the National Book Foundation blog, and The Kenyon Review Online. A writer with roots in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Bangladesh, Ahmed holds a BPhil in Creative Writing and an MAT in Instruction and Learning from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers.

Photo credit: Mike Drzal

Publications & Prizes

Dhaka Dust, winner of 2010 Bakeless Prize in poetry (Graywolf Press, 2011)
Asian Pacific American Journal
Catamaran: South Asian American Writing
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Crab Orchard Review
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Drunken Boat
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Rhino Magazine
Prizes won: 

Katharine Bakeless Nason Poetry Prize, Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, The Florida Review's Editors’ Award-First Place

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Last update: Feb 18, 2017