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Sheba Karim

Writer in Residence

Sheba Karim is a Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University and the author of three novels: Skunk Girl, That Thing We Call a Heart, and Mariam Sharma Hits the RoadMariam Sharma Hits the Road was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR and That Thing We Call a Heart was named a Best Contemporary Teen Read of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews, an Amelia Bloomer Best Feminist Book for Young Readers by the American Library Association and a Bank Street Best Book of the Year.  Her writing has been featured in 580 Split, Asia Literary Review, India Today, Literary Hub, Off Assignment, Shenandoah, South Asian Review, The Rumpus, Time Out Delhi and in several anthologies in the United States and India.  She is the editor of the anthology Alchemy: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Short Stories 2.  She has been awarded fellowships by Hedgebrook, Ledig House, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and The Millay Colony for the Arts and by the Fulbright-Nehru Scholar Program.  She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  Her fourth novel is forthcoming from HarperCollins in 2020.