New novel Tehrangeles is coming!

In June 2024, Pantheon is releasing Tehrangeles, Porochista’s first novel in a decade.

The book has already enjoyed “Most Anticipated” coverage in: TIME, The National, The Seattle Times, LitHub, Electric Literature, Nylon, and more. Preoder your copy now.



Brown Album buzz, virtual tour, giveaways, reviews & more!

Brown Album has been on many lists, including The New York Times “New & Noteworthy”, TIME magazine, O:The Oprah Magazine, USA Today, goop, MS Magazine, BITCH Media, Read It Forward, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Bustle, Vol1 Brooklyn, Chicago Review of Books, & Paperback Paris.

There is also currently a Goodreads giveaway!

And the virtual tour will begin on May 19, when Brown Album is officially out!

Brown Album first pre-pub reviews are in & they are STARRED!

We are excited that the first pre-prepub reviews are starred reviews! Check out Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist. 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