On February 8 at 4:30 in Gailor Auditorium, PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi will read from her work. The reading will be followed by a reception and book-signing.
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the 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 20 publications. It is being translated into Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, and Romanian, and was published in the UK by Alma Books, a division of Bloomsbury. She received a 2015 Whiting Writers' Award and was a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree for her debut novel, Fra Keeler (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2012).
Her work has been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship and a Fellowship from Art OMI and has appeared in The Paris Review, GRANTA, Guernica, BOMB, and the Los Angeles Review of Books among other places. Her novel Savage Tongues came out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2021. Her novella, N., about Napoleon’s exile in Elba will be released this year.
She is the founder of Literatures of Annihilation, Exile, and Resistance, a bi-annual symposia & lecture series that focuses on the study of literatures that have been shaped by histories of migration, systemic violence, territorial and linguistic politics, extinction, and gross human rights violations. The series grapples with the constructed nature of history and reimagines American and global history from the position of suppressed voices; it also seeks to examine the relationships between ethics, aesthetics and literature by discussing how texts by writers of color/minoritized writers that are sites of alternative knowledge production can innovate the technology of the novel and the poem in the process of responding to state-sanctioned violence. This initiative is sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Keough School of Global Affairs, and the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame.
She is Iranian-American and has lived in Catalonia, Italy, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates. She currently lives in Chicago.