Laila Lalami

Current Fellow

Fellow: Awarded 2016

Field of Study: Fiction

Competition: US & Canada

Website: http://lailalalami.com/

Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States. She is the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; Secret Son, which was on the Orange Prize longlist; and The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. The Moor’s Account was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her work appears regularly in the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Guardian, and the New York Times. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, and is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. She lives in Santa Monica.

Photograph credit: April Rocha