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 Next Picador Professor Porochista Khakpour 

Submitted by Dr. Florian Bast on Fri, 06/03/2011 - 11:17

American Studies Leipzig is honored to announce Porochista Khakpour as the holder of the Picador Guest Professorship for Literature in the winter term of 2011/12.

Porochista Khakpour was born in Tehran in 1978 and raised in the Greater Los Angeles area.

She has been awarded fellowships from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, Northwestern University, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ucross Foundation, and Yaddo.

Her debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove/Atlantic, 9/07)—a New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” Chicago Tribune “Fall’s Best,” and 2007 California Book Award winner—is out in paperback. She has also penned the introduction to a new English edition of one of Sadegh Hedayat’s The Blind Owl (10/10).

Her other writing (personal essays, features, reviews, cover stories, and columns) have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader, The Paris Review Daily, Salon, Poets and Writers, The Rumpus, Paper, Flaunt, Nylon, Bidoun, Alef, Canteen, nerve.com, FiveChapters.com, and many other magazines and newspapers around the world. She currently semi-regularly contributes personal essays to the New York Times op-ed section.

She has taught creative writing and literature at Johns Hopkins University, Hofstra University, Bucknell University, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and the Gotham Writers Workshop. She blogs on her author page at Red Room and sometimes tweets.

Porochista Khakpour will stay in Leipzig from of October 2011 to March 2012 to teach two courses at American Studies Leipzig, to contribute to the city's cultural life, and to work on her next projects.

For more information, please refer to her own webpage.

For more information on the Picador Professorship for Literature, please refer to

Meet Porochista Khakpour

The Picador Professorship for Literature at the University of Leipzig is unique in Germany. Located at the University's American Studies Program, it is based on a partnership between the Veranstaltungsforum der Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, the DAAD, and the University of Leipzig.

American Studies Leipzig is very much interested in organizing Picador Professorship Events (readings, round tables, panel discussions, etc.) with local, regional and national partners. If you are interested in inviting Porochista for such events, please contact American Studies Leipzig directly (florian.bast@uni-leipzig.de) to discuss possible arrangements.


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