AboutPorochista Khakpour is an Iranian American novelist, essayist and writer. She is a contributor of personal essays to The New York Times about her experiences as Iranian-American and Islamic popular culture, and also writes about popular culture and music in the United States. Her first novel, Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove/Atlantic) was published in September 2007. The lyrical dark comedy, centered on the aftermath of 9/11 and Iranian fathers and sons in Los Angeles and New York, was a New York Times Editor's Choice and was included on the Chicago Tribune's 2007 Fall's Best list. It won the 77th annual California Book Award prize in First Fiction. She has been longlisted for the 2008 Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize. Khakpour's second novel, The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury USA), was released on May 13, 2014. Khakpour currently teaches at Columbia University in New York as an Adjunct Faculty Member in the MFA program, the written arts department at Bard College, and at Fordham University as an Adjunct Faculty member. Sons and Other Flammable Objects, Grove Press 2008, ISBN 978-0802143860 The Last Illusion, Bloomsbury USA 2014, ISBN 978-1620403044 Porochista Khakpour is a Writer in Residence at Bard College.