Amitava Kumar is a writer and journalist. He was born in Ara, and grew up in the nearby town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty and delicious mangoes. Kumar is the author of several books of non-fiction and two novels. In 2016, Amitava Kumar was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (General Nonfiction) as well as a Ford Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists. Kumar’s latest book is Immigrant, Montana: A Novel, published by Faber in the UK, Knopf in the US, and in translation by other publishers worldwide. It was named a notable book of the year by The New York Times, a book of the year by The New Yorker, and listed by Barack Obama as one of his favorite books of 2018. The book came out in India under the title The Lovers: A Novel. Kumar is also the author of Lunch With a Bigot; A Matter of Rats, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm A Tiny Bomb; Nobody Does the Right Thing; Husband of a Fanatic, Bombay-London-New York, and Passport Photos and he has edited five additional books. His forthcoming nonfiction is entitled Every Day I Write the Book. Kumar’s non-fiction and poetry has been published in The New York Times, Granta, NPR, The Nation, New Yorker.com, Harper’s, Bookforum, The Guardian, Kenyon Review, Vanity Fair, Guernica, and many more. He is the script-writer and narrator of the prize-winning documentary film, Pure Chutney (1997). In 2013, Amitava Kumar collaborated with Teju Cole on an ekphrastic project entitled “Who’s Got the Address?”He lives in Poughkeepsie, in upstate New York, where he is the Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College.