Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

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Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the award-winning author of the novel Call Me Zebra (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018) which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the John Gardner Award, was long listed for the PEN Open Book Award, was an Amazon Best Book of the Year, a Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller and named a Best Book by over twenty publications. It is being translated into Japanese, Chinese, Turkish and Romanian and was published in the UK by Alma Books, a division of Bloomsbury.  Her first novel, Fra Keeler (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2012), was named a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree, and the Los Angeles Times praised it as “a stunning psychological thriller” and an “exciting debut.” Her third novel, Arezu, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2021. 

She received a Whiting Award in 2015, and her work  has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship, and a Fellowship from Art OMI. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review,  GRANTA, Guernica, BOMB, and the Los Angeles Review of Books among other places.

She is Iranian-American and has lived in Catalonia, Italy, Iran and the United Arab Emirates. She was educated at Brown University and the University of California San Diego. She currently teaches in the MFA program at University of Notre Dame and lives in Chicago. 

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