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Aruni Kashyap

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Associate Professor
Director of Creative Writing Program


Aruni Kashyap is a writer and translator. He is the author of His Father’s Disease: Stories and the novel The House With a Thousand Stories. Along with editing a collection of stories called How to Tell the Story of an Insurgency, he has also translated two novels from Assamese to English, published by Zubaan Books and Penguin Random House. Winner of the Faculty Research Grants in the Humanities and Arts Program 2022, Arts Lab Faculty Fellowship 2022 from the Willson Center for Humanities & Arts, and the Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship for Creative Writing to the University of Edinburgh, his poetry collection, There is No Good Time for Bad News was nominated for the 58th Georgia Author of the Year Awards 2022, was a finalist for the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize and Four Way Books Levis Award in Poetry. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Catapult, Bitch Media, The Boston Review, Electric Literature, The Oxford Anthology of Writings from Northeast, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times, The Guardian UK, and others. He also writes in Assamese and is the author of a novel called Noikhon Etia Duroit, and three novellas.  In 2020, he served as one of the jury members of the JCB Prize for Literature.

How to Tell the Story of an Insurgency



ENGL6800: Graduate Fiction Workshop (Novel & Novella Writing Workshops)

ENGL4800W: Advanced Creative Writing

ENGL4695: Topics in Postcolonial Lit: 

ENGL2400: Multicultural American Literature

ENGL3800: Introduction to Creative Writing

There is No Good Time for Bad News (FutureCycle Press 2021)

How to Tell a Story of an Insurgency, (HarperCollins 2020)

His Father's Disease and Other Stories (Flipped Eye Press, 2021)

The House With a Thousand Stories (Viking 2013)

Assamese Novel : 
Noikhon Etia Duroit, Panchajanya Publishers, July 2019.


Michigan Quarterly Review: Life Under an Insurgency: An Interview with Aruni Kashyap By Naheed Patel

Electric Literature: Poems That Bear Witness to State Violence and Insurgency in Assam

Catapult: “Mainstream US literary culture is hostile to different ways of writing”: A Conversation with Aruni Kashyap"

Jaggery A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal : Drunk On Ink Q and A with Aruni Kashyap and ‘There Is No Good Time For Bad News’, poetry collection

The Indian Express, "From Assam to Minnesota — a collection of stories about migration and displacement"


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