Publications and mentions in the last year



Published excerpts from Memory Alone, a novel (in progress)
10.”Honey” The Margins, AAWW, February 14, 2022
9. “Jewel the Clown” Dress: a Vogue India Anthology, HarperCollins India, January 2018
8. “The Wrong Room” Six Seasons Review, Vol. 2, No. 1, June 2015
7. “Dagger and Shield” Guernica and PEN America Center, May 20, 2014
6. “The Driver” Bengal Lights, Spring 2014
5. “Crash and Burn” Venus Flytrap, edited by Rosalyn D’Mello, Zubaan Books, August 2012
4. “The Maneater” winner of the Desi Writers Lounge Short Story Contest 2012
3. “Jewel and the Boy” Close, Too Close: The Tranquebar Book of Queer Erotica, edited by Meenu and Shruti, Westland Limited, May 2012
2. “Walking” Hot Metal Bridge, the “End of the Day” Issue, Fall 2011
1. “Memory Alone” (first three chapters) Sententia, the Pitch Issue, August 2011

Other Fiction
9. “Love in the Time of Composting” (romcom short film), Interview about the film (minute 33), Friday, June 17, 2022, 2pm ET; screened at the 2023 Dhaka Lit Festival
8. Loosey Goosey” (short story) When the Mango Tree Blossomed: 50 Short Stories from Bangladesh, edited by Niaz Zaman, Nymphea Publications, Fall 2021
7. “Heartbeat” (short story) Golden: Bangladesh at 50, edited by Shazia Omar, UPL Bangladesh, May 2021
6. “Fuck All Gall” (short story) Barrelhouse Review: Roadtrips, the Desi Issue, June 10, 2019
5. “Hourglasses” (short story) Sanctuary: Short Fiction from Queer Asia, edited by Ng Yi-Sheng and Libay Linsangan Cantor, Signal 8 Press, April 2019; story excerpt published in Gaysi Zine, Issue 5, January 25, 2017; story excerpt published in BLink, January 24, 2015
4. “F is for Fire” (short story) Alchemy: The Second Tranquebar Book of Erotic Short Stories, edited by Sheba Karim, Westland Limited, November 2012
3. “The Businessman” (short short) The Farallon Review, March 2008
2. “Thirst” (short story) XConnect, Issue 25, 2006
1. “Sleeping with Salinger” (short story), April 2006


Nonfiction (essays, interviews, travelogues, and 1 research paper)

39. “Periluminary” (essay) Bloody Hell! and other stories, edited by Mona Eltahawy, forthcoming
38. “The Palliative Path” (essay) National Herald India, Dec. 31, 2023
37. “Through Her Lens, Darkly” (essay) National Herald India, Jan. 15, 2023
Talking Money and Writing” (personal essay) Catapult, October 12, 2021
36. “The Flag Bearer” (personal essay) The Margins–AAWW, March 26, 2021
35. “Can Writing Be Taught?” (interview) Electric Lit, January 8, 2021
34. “Q&A on Artists Residencies” (blog post) Newtown Literary, September 2020
33. “The Canon of Now” (personal essay) Wildness by Platypus Press, May 11, 2019
32. “On Modesty” (personal essay) The Aerogram, February 24, 2019
31. “The Eagle” (essay) Bengal Lights, November 2018
30. “Without This Woman, I Wouldn’t Believe We Could Start A Revolution” (personal essay) Bustle, March 27, 2018
29. “Jaipur Literature Festival 2018: A Roundup” (essay) the Aerogram, March 2, 2018
28. “The Version We Remember” (personal essay) Catapult, March 1, 2018
27. “Taking All Kinds” (personal essay) Elle Magazine, June 30, 2017
26. “Photos and Poetry” (personal essay) Mint Lounge, January 29, 2016
25. “The Brooklyn Book Festival 2015 Roundup” (essay) The Aerogram, September 21, 2015
24. “A Masterpiece Remastered” (essay) The Daily Star, Literature Section, June 27, 2015
23. “Escape in New York” (photo series+interview) Tupelo Magazine, February 15, 2015
22. “Iceland Days: Dyrhólaey, Southern Iceland, Reykjavik and Bogarnes, the Eastern Westfjords, and the Western Westfjords (5 travel essays), November-December 2014
21. “Filtering through it all” (personal essay) The Daily Star Saturday Literary Review, November 15, 2014
20. “Recollections by Mrs. Meherunessa Islam” (personal essay) The Dhaka Tribune, August 23, 2014
19. “Interview with Munem Wasif” (interview) The Margins (AAWW), May 14, 2014
18. “Introduction to the Long Way Home” (personal essay) The Aerogram, April 2013
17. “Alone in Bhutan” (travel essay) Switchback, Issue 14, Volume 7, December 2011
16. “Eight Days in Rio” (travel essay) India Today, May 2011
15. “Interview with EF Authors” (personal essay) First City Delhi, November 2009
14. “On erotica and pseudonyms” (personal essay) Femina India, November 18, 2009
13. “Confessions” (personal essay) Electric Feather: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories, edited by Ruchir Joshi, Westland Limited, September 2009
12. “Trekking to Machu Picchu” (travel essay) Outlook Traveller, July 2008
11. “Letter from Delhi” (travel essay) The Daily Star, September 8, 2007
10. “Harry Potter and the Denizens of Dhaka” (personal essay) New American Media, July 23, 2007
9. “La Belle France” (travel essay) Slate Magazine, Bangladesh, May 2007
8. “Viet Nam” (travel essay) Slate Magazine, Bangladesh, December 2006
7. “Usted Esta Aqui” (travel essay) Slate Magazine, Bangladesh, April 2007
6. “Three Dawns Rising” (travel essay) Slate Magazine, Bangladesh, February 2007
5. “Notes on Dublin” (travel essay) The Daily Star, May 27, 2006
4. “Red Light Special” (travel essay) Slate Magazine, Bangladesh, May 2006
3. “Secret Places” (travel essay) Slate Magazine, Bangladesh, March 2006
2. “Swing State” (personal essay) SomaLit, March 2005. Podcast on Writers Block, KQED, November 23, 2005
1. “An Information Search Cost Perspective for Designing Interfaces for Electronic Commerce” (research paper) by Hoque, Abeer Y. and Gerald L. Lohse, Journal of Marketing Research, 36(3), 387-394. 1999


Book Reviews and Recommendations

40. “Punch Me Up to the Gods by Brian Broome” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, Sept. 28, 2021
39. “9 Picks from SAAG Editors” (book reviews) The Margins at AAWW, November 2020
38. “Seam by Tarfia Faizullah” (video book review) Newsreel 18, SANM TV, September 12, 2020
37. “There There by Tommy Orange” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, June 17, 2020
36. “I Am I Am I Am by Maggie O’Farrell” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, October 24, 2019
35. “Becoming by Michelle Obama” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, September 4, 2019
34. “5 Women Authors Pick Their Heroes” (book recommendation) Hindustan Times, April 14, 2019
33. “The Pathless Sky by Chaitali Sen” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, January 1, 2019
32. “The Door by Magda Szabó,” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, October 11, 2018
31. “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, September 17, 2018
30. “Miss Ex-Yugoslavia by Sofija Stefanovic” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, July 24, 2018
29. “Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim” (book review) The Aerogram, June 29, 2018
28. “Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, May 31, 2018
27. “5 of My Favourite Memoirs” (book recommendations) Hindustan Times, May 13, 2018
26. “The Orchard of Lost Souls by Nadifa Mohamed,” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, May 12, 2018
25. “The Home That Was Our Country by Alia Malek” (book review) The Aerogram, February 20, 2018
24. “Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, January 11, 2018
23. “The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, December 1, 2017
22. “Writers Read” (blog post) Campaign for the American Reader, October 18, 2017
21. “Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, October 6, 2017
20. “That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim” (book review) The Aerogram, September 27, 2017
19. “Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie” (book review) The Aerogram, September 9, 2017
18. “Exit West by Mohsin Hamid” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, September 8, 2017
17. “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy” (book review) The Aerogram, August 29, 2017
16. “The Leavers by Lisa Ko” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, August 2, 2017
15. “10 Books About the Immigrant Experience,” (book recommendations) Publishers Weekly, February 17, 2017
14. “The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, January 18, 2017
13. “Good Girls Marry Doctors edited by Piyali Bhattacharya” (book review) The Rumpus, November 10, 2016
12. “The Fishermen by Chijioke Obioma” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, August 28, 2016
11.”Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, April 3, 2016
10. “The Book Report” (book recommendations) PEN America, March 21, 2016
9. “Drawing Blood by Molly Crabapple” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, February 18, 2016
8. “Ghana Must Go by Taye Selasi” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, November 24, 2015
7. “Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel by Anya Ulinich” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, November 16, 2015
6. “Inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie” (book recommendations) Daily Star Literature, May 30, 2015
5. “Don’t Let Him Know by Sandip Roy” (book review) Your Impossible Voice, March 12, 2015
4. “Book Review and Interview with Tarfia Faizullah” (book review+interview) The Margins (AAWW), May 28, 2014
3. “Interview with Munem Wasif” (interview) The Margins (AAWW), May 14, 201
2. “Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim” (book review) Hyphen Magazine, August 2009
1. “Experiencing Kaiser Haq’s Poetry” (book review) The Daily Star, April 28, 2007



37. “Recollection” (poetry, panel), Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends, Oct. 3, 2022
36. “Ritual” (poetry panel) Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends, October 1, 2021, 7pm
35. “Rain, Queens” (poetry film) AMP, March 2021
34. “A Reckoning” (poetry panel) Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends, October 2, 2020, 7pm
33. “Here I Love You New York” (poetry film) Harpy Hybrid Review, Summer 2020
31-32. “Same Same” and “The Longing You Feel” (poems) Bengal Lights, November 2018
30. “In the Here and Now” (poetry) ENTER by the Onassis Foundation, curated by the Queens Museum, Monday, May 18, 2020
29. “Here I Love You New York” (poem) Queensbound, 90th Street stop on the 7 train, November 3, 2018
28. “Where Are You Safe?” (poem) Visual Verse, April 1, 2018
26-27. “City of Queens” and “The Keyhole Cliffs” (2 poems) Newtown Literary Journal, Issue 11, December 2017
25. “The Dog Is Sleeping” (poem+photos) Joao Roque Literary Journal, November 2017
22-24. “Yellow Door, Dhaka at Dusk, Taking All Kinds” (3 poetry videos), August 3, 2017
21. “Garden” (3 video poems), October 9, 2016
20. “Arteries” (poem+photograph) 91st Meridian, Summer 2016, Vol. 9, No. 1
17-19. “Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar,” “Iridescence,” and “San Pedro Trip” (3 poems) World English Poetry edited by Sudeep Sen, Bengal Publications, November 2015
16. “Love Letter” (video poem) The Aerogram, August 7, 2015
15. “I have stolen everything” (video poem) The Aerogram, November 11, 2014
14. “The Passage” (photo+poem) Nowhere Magazine, August 2014
13. “The Python” (poem) Dhaka Tribune, Arts and Letters, Volume 2, Issue 7, July 2014
12. “Burn This Letter” (poem+photograph) Love Inshallah, June 24, 2013
11. “Crush” (poem+photograph) The Missing Slate, February 2013
10. “I heard the bon morog this morning” (poem) The Daily Star, March 15, 2008
9. “The Freedom Fighter” (poem) The Daily Star, January 12, 2008
8. “Missing” (poem) The Daily Star, October 14, 2006
7. “Is this what it’s like” (poem) DesiLit, Summer 2006
6. “Here I Love You, Dhaka” (poem) Slate Magazine, Bangladesh, February 2006
5. “Lokhi Meye” (poem and photograph) Ego Mag, July 2007
4. “Coma” (poem) The Daily Star, November 25, 2006
3. “Rhetoric” (poem) The Daily Star, August 27, 2005
2. “Circuit Breaker” (poem) The Daily Star, June 25, 2005
1. “Dhaka at Dusk” (poem) Pittsburgh Post Gazette, July 24, 2004


Honours and Prizes

21. Recipient of a 2021 City Artists Corp Grant, New York City
20. Writer for Everything Change Writers Lab, Taliesin Arts Centre and Dhaka Lit Fest, 2021
19. Recipient of a 2020 New Works Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA)
18. Storyteller at the 2019 Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute, St. Andrews, Scotland
17. Recipient of a 2018 New Works Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA)
16. Recipient of a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Artists’ Fellowship
15. Recipient of a 2014 residency at Instituto Sacatar, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (declined)
14. Recipient of a 2012 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
13. Winner of the 2012 Desi Writers Lounge Short Story Contest
12. Finalist and published in the 2012 Aesthetica Creative Works Competition
11. Winner of the 2011 Wasafiri New Writing Prize in Life Writing
10. Highly Commended Winner in the 2009 and the 2011 Commonwealth Short Story Competitions
9. 2011 writing resident at the Edward F. Albee Foundation
8. 2011 writing resident at the Millay Colony for the Arts
7. Winner of a 2011 NEA fellowship for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA)
6. Winner of a 2009 Saltonstall Summer Fellowship
5. Winner of a 2007 Fulbright Scholarship
4. Honourable Mention in 2006 Abroad Writers Short Story Competition
3. Winner of the San Francisco Foundation’s 2005 Tanenbaum Award in Creative Nonfiction
2. Winner of a merit scholarship for the 2002 Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia
1. Winner of a 2 year merit scholarship for the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco