Rajesh Parameswaran

Rajesh Parameswaran is the author of I Am an Executioner, a collection of short stories that has been hailed as “mark[ing] the advent of a genuinely distinctive voice in American fiction” (Washington Post) with “stories that make us 'wonder the universe'” (New York Times Book Review). Among others, it was recognized as a Washington Post Best Book of the Year and as one of Amazon’s Books of the Year, and it has been been translated into German, Dutch, and Italian.

Parameswaran was born in Madras, India, raised in Michigan and Texas, and currently resides in New York. He earned a BA in English from Yale College and a JD from Yale Law School. Among a number of distinctions, he has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He has received a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has been a resident at institutions around the US, in Italy, and in France. His short stories have appeared in venues like Granta, McSweeney’s, and Zoetrope: All-Story. Parameswaran is currently working on his first novel.

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Prof. Rajesh Parameswaran
Picador Guest Professor for Literature
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