Porochista Khakpour was born in Tehran and raised in the Los Angeles area. She has been awarded fellowships from the Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, VCCA, The Sewanee Writers' Conference, Ucross, Djerassi and Yaddo. Most recently, she was the recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowship in Creative Writing (Prose).
Her debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects
was a New York Times
"Editor's Choice," Chicago Tribune "Fall's Best," and the 2007 California Book Award winner in “First Fiction.”
Her essays have appeared in The New York Times
, The Los Angeles Times
, The Daily Beast
and other publications around the world. She has also penned the introduction to the new 2010 English edition of one of the greatest modern Iranian novels of all time, Sadegh Hedayat’s The Blind Owl
. She was also the guest-editor and curator of Guernica’s
first Iranian-American issue, which came out in November 2011.
She has taught creative writing and literature at Johns Hopkins University, Hofstra University, Bucknell University, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Fairfield University’s MFA program, the Gotham Writers Workshop and the University of Leipzig (where she was awarded the Winter 2011 Picador Guest Professorship). Additionally, she has been guest faculty at Cleveland State University’s Imagination Conference and the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference.