Brown Album first pre-pub reviews are in!

We are excited that both the first pre-prepub reviews are starred reviews! Check out Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly. And please consider preordering!

Brown Album Tour Dates!

We will be adding a few stops and some conversation partners but for now:

Brooklyn, NY—Books Are Magic, w/ Elif Batuman, 5/19

Los Angeles, CA—Skylight Books w/ Myriam Gurba, 5/22

San Francisco, CA—Booksmith w/ Shanthi Sekaran, 5/25

Seattle, WA—Town Hall, 5/26

Portland, OR—Powell’s City of Books w/ Fatemeh Fakhraie, 5/27

Minneapolis, MN—Moon Palace w/ V.V. Ganeshananthan, 6/3 

Chicago, IL—Women + Children First w/ Hoda Katebi, 6/5

Washington, DC—Politics & Prose w/ Tania James, Fulton Market, 6/10

Oxford, MS—Square Books w/ Kiese Laymon, 6/11

Narrowsburg, NY–Deep Water Festival (One Grand Books) 6/19-21

Essay Collection Brown Album Coming May 2020

We are excited to show you this new cover! This essay collection will be out in May 2020, from the Vintage imprint of Knopf

New short story on Amazon

A new short story is out thanks to Amazon Original Stories

UK edition of SICK available August 2018!

The Canongate UK edition of SICK is now available! Read Porochista’s latest interview with The Guardian, and more UK coverage in The Sunday Times, the Financial Times, and The Bookseller.


Most Anticipated Books of 2018 lists

Sick: A Memoir has been featured on The Today Show and in The New York Times, The New YorkerSlateVogue, The CutHuffPost, The LA Review of Books, The Paris ReviewVice, Bitch MediaWomen’s Review of Books, The Iowa ReviewGuernicaMediumLenny LetterThe RumpusElectric LiteraturePaper MagAV, Johns Hopkins MagazineTin HousePacific StandardBrooklyn DigestBrooklyn FansBerfroisThe Furious GazelleLongreads, Kirkus Reviewsand Punctuate, and has made Time’s Best Memoirs of 2018 So’s Top Books of SummerThe Washington Post’s What Your Favorite Authors are Reading This SummerThe Boston Globe’s 23 of the Most Anticipated Book of 2018Buzzfeed’s The 33 Most Exciting New Books of 2018Bustle’s 28 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2018 and Best Nonfiction In JuneNylon’s 50 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018 and 46 Great Books to Read This SummerElectric Literature’s46 Books to Read By Women of Color in 2018HuffPost’s 60 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018Bitch’s 30 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2018Refinery29’s Best New Books to Read This MonthAV Club’s 5 Books to Read This JuneThe Rumpus’sWhat to Read When 2018 is Just Around the’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2018 (So Far), Autostraddle’s 65 Feminist & Queer Books to Read in 2018The Millions’ Most Anticipated: The Great 2018 Book PreviewVol.1 Brooklyn’s 23 for 2018: A Literary Preview for the Year to Come, Book Riot’s June 2018 Roundup, Mind Body Green’s 5 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down this June, Fast Company’s June Must-ReadsThe Coil’s Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2016Book Trib’s Most Anticipated List of 2018Philadelphia Magazine’s Biz Leaders Most-Read Books of 2018, the Times Herald Record’s Summer Reading Roundup, Maine Public’s Summer Reads RoundupTwin Cities Pioneer Press’ Summer Reads Roundup, Texas Book Festival’s Lit Director’s 2018 reads, Bestselling Books Today’s Roundup, Bookish’s Summer’s 2018 Must-Read NonfictionThe Week’s Most Anticipated Books of 2018Black Nerd Problems’ Most Anticipated Books of 2018Poets and Writers’ New and Noteworthy BooksLibrary Journal’s Celebrity Book Club, WOCreads’ 10 WOC Reads in June 2018, and Lit Celebrasian’s June Books by Asian Authors.


Winter/Spring 2018 Events

Civitella Ranieri fellowship

Italy, 5/1-6/1


Visions and Fever Dreams: New Iranian Lit

Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 4/23, 7pm

with Shahriar Mandipour, Jasmin Darznik, & Sara Khalili


Pen America World Voices Festival: Take Back the Net: Fighting Online Hate

Rose Auditorium, Cooper Union, 4/21, 12pm

with Anita Sarkeesian, Yassmin Abdel-Magied & Katy Glenn Bass


A Reading and Conversation with Porochista Khakpour

Suny Purchase, 4/19, 4:30pm


Lannan Symposium: We’re In This Thing Together, Keynote Conversation

Georgetown University, 4/10, 6:30pm

with Mariel Mendez & Jennifer Natalya Fink


Book Launch: Gregory Pardlo presents Air Traffic

SISTERS Bklyn, 4/9, 7:30pm


Muse & the Marketplace Conference: Experimental Writing for Non-Experimental Writers

Boston, 4/7, 4:15pm


Celebrating Clarice Lispector’s The Chandelier

Brooklyn Public Library Central Library, Dweck Center, 3/27, 9pm

with John Freeman & Idra Novey


All the Women in My Family Sing: Women Write the World

Powerhouse @ The Archway, 3/15, 7pm

with Deborah Santana, Mercy Tullis-Bukhari, Menen Hailu, Mila Jam, Nuris Terrero, & Kirstin Leavy Miller


AWP Conference, two panels

Tampa, FL, 3/7-3/10

The Body’s Story: On Writing Narratives of Illness

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor, 3/8, 9am

with Sandra Beasley, Sonya Huber, Suleika Jaouad, & Esmé Weijun Wang

This is Scary and Here We Go: Fear in the Driver’s Seat

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor, 3/10, 12pm

with Michele Filgate, Megan Stielstra, & Wendy C. Ortiz


Morgan Jerkins and Porochista Khakpour

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 2/27, 7pm

with Morgan Jerkins
















Cover reveal for Sick: A Memoir

Our friends at Literary Hub helped us launch our book cover! Here is the story behind Sick’s cover:


Winter/Spring 2017 Events


Literary Death Match

The Bell House, Brooklyn, 1/24, 7pm

with Roy Wood, Jr., Heben Nigatu, Akilah Hughes, Carson Kressley, Ashley C. Ford, Daniel Alarcón, & host Adrian Todd Zuniga

Dear Reader Live

ACE Hotel, Manhattan NY 1/29, 7pm

with other fellows/residents Tracy O’Neill, Alice Sola Kim, Jami Attenberg, Tyehimba Jess and Ioannis Pappos

The Art of the Memoir 

Community Bookstore, Brooklyn NY 2/2, 7pm

with Jason Diamond, Leigh Stein, Mira Ptacin, & Michele Filgate

AWP Conference

Washington DC 2/8-2/12

several panels and events (please see schedule)

Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living anthology launch

PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn 2/15 7pm

with editor Manjula Martin, Leslie Jamison, Emily Gould, and Maud Newton

The Rally Reading Series

Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY 2/23 6:30pm

with Leland Cheuk and Tracy O’Neill

Selected Shorts: A Celebration of Clarice Lispector

Symphony Space, Manhattan New York 3/1 7:30pm

Host Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story), Lynn Cohen (Sex and the City), Kate Burton (Scandal), Carolina Ravassa (The Affair), and more perform stories by one of Brazil’s greatest modern writers. With commentary by novelist and Lispector translator Idra Novey (Ways to Disappear) and essayist and fiction writer Porochista Khakpour (The Last Illusion)

Melissa Febos Abandon Me launch and dance party

ACE Hotel, Manhattan New York 3/2 7pm

with Melissa Febos, Tara Clancy, Nick Flynn, Amy Gall, Hafizah Geter, Syreeta McFadden, Shelly Oria and Gregory Pardlo (short readings on the theme of abandonment)

Women of Letters NYC literary salon

Joe’s Pub, Manhattan New York 3/3 9:30pm

with host Sofija Stefanovic and Lauren Duca, Ophira Eisenberg, Jo Firestone, Nancy Whang, Ivy Woolf-Turk

(Proceeds will benefit the Millay Colony for the Arts.)

Evergreen Review Re-launch Party

BIZARRE Bushwick, Brooklyn 3/4 8pm

with Dale Peck and guests

Bad Advice from Bad Women Series

The Wing, Manhattan NY 3/16 7pm

with Lori Adelman, Lauren Duca, Katie Kitamura, Morgan Parker, and Vanessa Willoughby

University of Maine Series

Orono, Maine 3/30 events & times to be announced

UMass Amherst MFA Graduate Student Organization for Poets & Writers

Amherst Books, MA 4/14 7pm

“All About Books, ” NYU Journalism

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, 7th Floor Commons, 20 Cooper Square, NYC 4/24 6pm


(moderated by Sylvan Solloway, director of career services at NYU Journalism)

City of Asylum International Fiction Series 

Alphabet City, Pittsburgh, PA 4/28 7pm


Hudson Valley Writers Resist

Rosendale Theatre, Rosendale NY 5/20 2pm

Vermont Studio Center Visiting Writer

Johnson, VT 5/28-2/2

Yale Writers Conference

Session 1 Fiction Faculty

New Haven, CT 6/3-6/13

NYPL Author Talks

“Periodically Speaking: Immigrant Voices” with Nicole Dennis-Benn,
Esther Lin, Jyothi Natarajan

New York, NY 6/13 6pm