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Anis Shivani is a fiction writer, poet, and critic in Houston, Texas.
His debut book, a short fiction collection called Anatolia and Other Stories, which included a Pushcart Special Mention story, was published in October 2009 by Black Lawrence Press. Anatolia and Other Stories was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor short story award, and listed by Rigoberto Gonzalez of the National Book Critics Circle as the best small press book of 2009. The collection deals with the dilemmas of multiculturalism in diverse locales, including Ottoman Turkey, contemporary Dubai and Tehran, and the Manzanar internment camp.
A second story collection, The Fifth Lash, will be published by C&R Press in early 2011. A book of criticism, Against the Workshop: Polemics, Provocations, Controversies, will be published in July 2011. Another book of criticism, on the evolution of the short story in the U.S. over the last half century, is in progress for a university press.
Anis has just finished writing a novel, The Slums of Karachi.
His fiction, poetry, and criticism appear in leading literary journals such as the Boston Review, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Agni, Threepenny Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Iowa Review, Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Pleiades, Boulevard, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, Verse, Poetry Northwest, Washington Square, London Magazine, Stand, Times Literary Supplement, Meanjin, Cambridge Quarterly, Contemporary Review (Oxford), and elsewhere.
A member of the National Book Critics Circle, he frequently reviews books for newspapers and magazines including the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, Kansas City Star, In These Times, Brooklyn Rail, etc.
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