Uzma Aslam Khan

Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

Uzma Aslam Khan is an award-winning author of five novels, including Trespassing, The Geometry of God, and Thinner than Skin, all translated worldwide to critical acclaim. Her fifth and most recent novel, The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali, set in the Andaman Islands during World War 2, was released in South Asia in Spring 2019. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Granta, The Massachusetts Review, Nimrod International Journal, the Guardian, Counterpunch, Drawbridge, Dawn, and Herald, among other periodicals and journals, and is forthcoming in Calyx magazine. 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, and/or follow her on instagram: @uzmaaslamkhan_writer



Publications & Prizes

The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali (Context Books, 2019)
Thinner Than Skin (Interlink Publishing Group, 2012)
The Geometry of God (Interlink Publishing Group, 2009)
Trespassing (Metropolitan, 2004)
The Story of Noble Rot (Penguin Books India, 2001)
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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.

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What I'm reading now: 
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay

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Identifies as: 
Asian American, Muslim, South Asian
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Fluent in: 
English, Urdu
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Manila, Tokyo, London, and Karachi
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Last update: Jul 06, 2019