Soniah Kamal is a Pushcart Prize nominated essayist and fiction writer. 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. Soniah’s work has appeared in The New York Times, TEDx , The Guardian, Chicago Quarterly Review, Buzzfeed, Catapult, The Missing Slate, 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, award winning anthologies and have been short listed for the Sequestrum Editor’s Reprint Award, The Agnes Scott Festival Award, the Payton James Freeman Prize and more and are recommended reads by VELA and Longreads. Soniah is the recipient of the Susan B. Irene Award from St. Johns College where she graduated with a BA Honors in Liberal Arts and a Paul Bowles Fiction Fellowship from Georgia State University where she is earning an MFA. 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.
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.