Guest Instructor: Anjum Hasan

Anjum Hasan

Author, The Cosmpolitans


Anjum Hasan is the author of the novels The Cosmopolitans, Neti, Neti and Lunatic in my Head, and the short story collection Difficult Pleasures. She has also published a book of poems called Street on the Hill. Her new collection of stories, A Day in the Life, is forthcoming from Penguin Random House.

Anjum’s books have been nominated for various awards including the Man Asian Literary Prize, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, the Hindu Best Fiction Award and the Crossword Fiction Award. She was the Charles Wallace Writer-in-Residence at the University of Canterbury and has done visiting writer stints at Jawaharlal University, Delhi University and Jamia Milia Islamia. She has taught creative writing at various workshops across the country and is one of the co-founders of Bangalore’ World Famous Semi-Deluxe Writing Program.

Her short stories, essays and poems are widely published including in Granta, Baffler, Five Dials, Wasafiri, Drawbridge, Los Angeles Review of Books, Asia Literary Review, Caravan, Outlook, Hindu and anthologies such as A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces: Extraordinary Short Stories from the 19th Century to the Present and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets.

Anjum is currently on leave from her job as books editor at The Caravan, India’s leading magazine of long-form reporting and essays.

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