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 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. 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 Arezu is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2021. She is Iranian-American and has lived in Catalonia, Italy, Iran and the United Arab Emirates. She currently lives in Chicago.
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