Discipline: Literature

Nawaaz Ahmed

Discipline: Literature
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2011

Nawaaz Ahmed, a lapsed computer scientist transplant from Tamil Nadu, India, had just finished his M.F.A. in creative writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, when he came to MacDowell. At the University of Michigan, he received Hopwood awards in short fiction, nonfiction, and for his work-in-progress novel. He worked on his first novel, Sings Like A Bird, about sisters, poetry, and Islam.



Nawaaz Ahmed worked in the Kirby studio.

Erected in memory of Sarah L. Kirby, who had left a bequest to MacDowell, this studio was the first — and remains the only — brick building on the grounds. Built by local mason Augustus Beaulieu, the load-bearing masonry walls rest on a fieldstone foundation. The design of the boxlike building is simple and compact…

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