(photo by Nina Subin)

Akil Kumarasamy is a writer from New Jersey. She completed her MFA in fiction from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan and was awarded the Henfield Prize and Frederick Busch Prize. She has received fiction fellowships from the University of Michigan, the University of East Anglia, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, where she was a 2016/2017 fiction fellow. She will be a visiting professor in fiction at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Her books are forthcoming with Farrar, Straus and Giroux.