Deepak Unnikrishnan

Deepak Unnikrishnan, Lecturer, Writing Program, NYUAD

Lecturer, Writing Program Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Email: du258@nyu.edu
Education: BA Fairleigh Dickinson University; MA Fairleigh Dickinson University; MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Deepak Unnikrishnan is a writer from Abu Dhabi. His book Temporary People was the inaugural winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. It was longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and won the 2017 Hindu Prize. The book was reviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Economist, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, The Wire, Outlook India, Scroll.in, Open Magazine, Mathrubhumi, Di Repubblica, among others, and was named by Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Hindu as one of the best books of 2017.

At the 57th Venice Biennale, his work was featured in the written publication of the National Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates: Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play.

His essays and fiction have also appeared in The Guardian, Guernica, Drunken Boat, The Berlin Quarterly, The State: Vol IV: Dubai, Himal Southasian, and The Apex Book of World Speculative Fiction 4, among others.

He is the winner of the 2014 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award and has performed or read from his work at the Franklin Park Reading Series, Hekayah – The Story, City Lights Bookstore, Unabridged Bookstore, Literati Bookstore, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and the Guild Literary Complex.

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