Soniah Kamal is a Pushcart Prize nominated essayist, fiction writer and literary journalist. Her debut novel An Isolated Incident was a finalist for the Townsend Award for Fiction, the KLF French Fiction Prize, and is an Amazon Rising Star pick. Her work is in The New York Times, The Guardian, Catapult, BuzzFeed, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffington Post, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, The Normal School, ArtsATL and more. Her essays and short stories are included in The Best Asian Short Stories and award winning anthologies.
A Paul Bowles Fiction Fellow at Georgia State University, Soniah is earning a four year academic MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Postcolonial Studies. She is the recipient of the Susan B. Irene Award from St. Johns College where she graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts.
Soniah teaches fiction, memoir and publishing across the metro-Atlanta area and served as Writer-in-Residence for the Fulton County Library System. She was VP for Programming for the Atlanta Writers Club (est 1914) and is an AWC Conference award winner for Query writing. Soniah was a script consultant on the social-activist film ‘Half Widow’ set in Kashmir. An Isolated Incident was featured in Huffington Post’s Ten Books about Terrorism that Aren’t Stereotypes. Soniah’s talks include the topics ‘Authentic Exotic: Writing Life (in)Between Cultures’, ‘Growing up Muslim When Madonna is Your Patron Saint’ and ‘Only Connect: Local Parenting in a Global World’. Soniah curated and edited Sugar Mule Literary Magazine’s South Asian issue ‘No Place Like Home’ a groundbreaking compilation of memoir, poetry and fiction from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Hairy Potter is a collection of Soniah’s social satire column in Pakistan’s national newspaper The Daily Times Sunday. Soniah is Fiction Assistant Editor for Five Points: A Journal of Arts and Literature and a books critic for ArtsATL.
Soniah was born in Pakistan, grew up in England and Saudi Arabia and lives in the U.S. (New Mexico, Maryland, Virginia, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, California and currently Georgia) with her partner, their three children and dog. Soniah is a proud third culture kid.