Shabnam Nadiya

Shabnam Nadiya is a Bangladeshi writer and translator. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is the recipient of the Steinbeck Fellowship (2019), a PEN/Heim Translation Grant (2020), and a PEN Presents (2022) grant. Her translation of Mashiul Alam’s story, ‘Milk’, won the 2019 Himal Southasian Short Story Contest. Nadiya’s translations include Moinul Ahsan Saber’s novel The Mercenary (Seagull Books, 2018), Leesa Gazi’s debut novel Hellfire (Westland, 2020), and Shaheen Akhtar’s novel Beloved Rongomala (Westland, 2022), and Mashiul Alam’s The Meat Market and Other Stories (Westland, forthcoming).

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Born in northern Bangladesh in 1968, Mashiul Alam is a Bangladeshi writer, journalist, and translator. He graduated from the People’s Friendship University in Moscow in 1993. A journalist by profession, he is the Senior Assistant Editor at Prothom Alo, a leading Bengali daily paper in Bangladesh. He is the author of over a dozen short story collections …

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