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Mehdi Tavana Okasi

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

Mehdi Tavana Okasi was born in Gorgan, Iran and immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts at the age of seven with his mother and brother. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, Glimmer Train, The Iowa Review, Catapult, Guernica, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and anthologies like Best New American Voices & Tremors: New Fiction from Iranian-American Writers.

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His awards include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Society of Arts & Letters, and the Key West Literary Seminars. He was the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently lives in Harlem where he’s completing his novel, May This Be Your Last Sorrow.