Awards, Grants, and Patents

Awards for Temporary People



  • Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize (2018)
  • Crossword Book Award (2018)


Excerpts from Temporary People

  • Glossary.” Tariff. August 2018.
  • “Gulf Return.” EYESCREAM. Tokyo: July 2018. (Japanese)
  • Birds.” Welcome to Dystopia, ed. Gordon Van Gelder. New York & London: OR Books, 2018.


  • Writer in Residence, Waterlines Project, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, October 2018.
  • Writer in Residence, Brown University, Providence, RI, March 11-16, 2018

Conferences, Festivals, and Readings

  • Reading: Literary Reading Series, NYU Shanghai, Nov. 15, 2018, Shanghai.
  • Panelist: “Governing Gulf Migration in a Global Labour Market.” Mapping and Theorizing Migration Governance and Diplomacy, Leiden University, Nov. 1-2, 2018, Leiden.
  • Panelist: Conversations, The March Meeting, Sharjah Art Foundation, March 18, 2018, Sharjah.
  • Reading: Writers on Writing, Brown University, March 15, 2018, Providence, RI.
  • Speaker: Permanent Temporariness, NYUAD Institute Conference, Feb. 26, 2018, Abu Dhabi. 
  • Panelist: “Literature and Exile.” Kerala Literature Festival, Feb. 10, 2018, Kozhikode, India.
  • Panelist: “Temporary People, and their permanent problems” and “Debutants in action.” The Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters, Feb. 3, 2018, Trivandrum, India.
  • Speaker: “The Hindu Prize: Readings and Conversations.” The Hindu Lit for Life, Jan. 14-16, 2018, Chennai, India.