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Honours and Prizes

18. 2019 storyteller at the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute, St. Andrews, Scotland
17. Recipient of a 2018 New Works Grant from the Queens Arts Fund
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