Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Call Me Zebra (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018), winner of the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award and the 2019 John Gardner Award in Fiction, and the novel Fra Keeler (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2012).  She is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, 2015 Whiting Writers' Award, a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, has been nominated for the PEN/Open Book Award, and is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Fiction to Catalonia, Spain.

Her work has appeared in The ParisReview,  GRANTAGuernicaBOMB,  and the Los Angeles Review of Books among other places. She has lived in Iran, Catalonia, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and currently teaches in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame’s Department of English where she lectures on Comparative Literature with an emphasis on Spanish, Italian, American and Middle Eastern Literatures and Languages. She speaks Spanish, Italian, Farsi and some Catalan. English is her native language.

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