(photo by Nina Subin)

Akil Kumarasamy is the author of the story collection, Half Gods, published by FSG in 2018, which was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and was awarded the Bard Fiction Prize and the Story Prize Spotlight Award. Her work has appeared in Harper’s MagazineAmerican Short FictionBOMB, among others. She has received fellowships from the University of East Anglia, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Yaddo, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She is an Assistant Professor at the Rutgers-Newark MFA program and her debut novel is forthcoming with FSG.