Autumn 2015 Events


WORD Bookstore + Volume 1 Brooklyn Clarice Lispector launch (Brooklyn NY August 27, 2015)

In celebration of the release of Clarice Lispector’s The Complete Stories, the collection’s editor and Lispector biographer Benjamin Moser discusses the author’s work with novelist Porochista Khakpour (The Last Illusion), presented by Vol. 1 Brooklyn.


Slice Literary Writers Conference (Brooklyn, NY September 12, 2015):

11:30am – 12:45pm

Location: St. Francis College, 182 Remsen St., Maroney Theater, 7th Floor


“Don’t Be Creepy” panel

Publishing is not unlike the scary—and often painfully awkward—world of dating. Writers need to find the right match, whether it is an agent, an editor, or a publisher. And it isn’t easy to stand out in such a competitive field. So how do you get noticed by an agent who is battling a cluttered inbox? Or catch the eye of an editor who has tens of thousands of Twitter followers? And what about securing blurbs from authors? Be bold. Be unconventional. But, as the publishing pros on this panel will explain, you need to follow one important rule: don’t be creepy!

Panelists: Michelle Brower, Agent, Folio Literary Management; Rachel Fershleiser, Head of Publishing Outreach, Tumblr; Kristyn Keene, Agent, ICM; Porochista Khakpour, Author, The Last Illusion

Moderator: Miriam Parker, Deputy Marketing Director, Little, Brown

Plus: Literary Jeopardy (Slice fundraiser)


WORD Bookstore launch for Nikesh Shukla (Brooklyn NY September 15, 2015)

Nikesh Shukla presents his new novel, Meatspace, a “portrait of a bookish life lived in the brave new digital world.” The Last Illusion author Porochista Khakpour joins for a conversation.


Brooklyn Book Festival (Brooklyn NY Sunday September 20 2015)

“Twisted Fables” panel, St Francis McCardle, 11am

Fiction has come a long way from Aesop, but the influence of fables in literature remains. Three contemporary fabulists–Lincoln Michel (Upright Beasts), Amelia Gray (Gutshot), and Porochista Khakpour (The Last Illusion)–discuss the state of the modern fable, the place of the trickster and the anthropomorphized animal in contemporary writing, and whether modern fables and fairy tales have morals and lessons to convey today. Moderated by Rahawa Haile.


Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (Portland Maine September 23 2015)

Oxford Debate: MFA vs NYC

“With the 2014 publication of the anthology MFA vs NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction, the literary conversation continued about which is the better option for writers: earn an MFA in creative writing or move to NYC, the country’s publishing capital. Not being as widely discussed is the third alternative: Ron Currie, Jr. Maine native Ron Currie, Jr. has a high school degree and had just quit working as a short order cook in Waterville when his first book was published by Penguin in 2007—that publication earned him the prestigious Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library.Arguing in favor of the MFA will be Iowa Writers Workshop alum Justin Tussing. Making a case for NYC will be Porochista Khakpour. Stating a case for neither the MFA nor moving to NYC is Ron Currie, Jr.”


Eileen Myles Poetry Project launch of I Must Be Living Twice & Chelsea Girls (New York NY Oct 7, 2015)

With Sam Ace, Jen Benka, Charles Bernstein, Stephen Boyer, Alex Chee, r. erica doyle, Megan Fernandez, Adam Fitzgerald, Mira Gonzalez, Emily Gould, Patricia Spears Jones, erica kaufman, Porochista Khapour, Ben Lerner, Elinor Nauen, Trace Peterson, Ariana Reines, Jill Soloway, Stacy Szymaszek, Anne Waldman, Joe Westmoreland, and Simone White.


Lincoln Michel Powerhouse launch of Upright Beasts (Brooklyn NY October 9, 2015)

In conversation with Porochista Khakpour.


“Reimagining the Shahnameh in Persian Literature” (Hester Hall Room 145, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma October 21 2015)

Lecture and discussion with by Iranian American novelist Porochista Khakpour


Ubud Writers Festival in Bali (October 28-November 1)


John McManus Housing Works launch of Fox Tooth Heart (New York NY Nov 12, 2015)

In conversation with Porochista Khakpour.


A Kind of Compass anthology reading (New York NY Dec 1 2015)


Conjunctions “Sleight of Hand” Deception Issue Release at Book Culture (New York NY Dec 3 2015)

with readings by Porochista Khakpour, Laura van den Berg, and Gwyneth Mernerintroduced by editor Bradford Morrow.




Reading: Manhattan, 5/22/15


  • Sarah Jean Alexander
  • Juliet Escoria
  • Chelsea Hodson
  • Porochista Khakpour
  • Katherine Faw Morris



This event will take place at KGB Bar (85 East 4th Street, New York, NY), and will begin at 7:00 pm. Facebook RSVP here.

Recent Lists, Articles, & Reviews

Sick: A Memoir has been featured in The New Yorker, Slate, Vogue The Cut, HuffPost, Vice Bitch Media, Women’s Review of Books, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Paper Mag, AV Club,, Tin House, Pacific Standard, Brooklyn Digest, Brooklyn Fans, Berfrois, The Furious Gazelle, Longreads, and Punctuate, and has made’s Top Books of Summer, The Washington Post’s What Your Favorite Authors are Reading This Summer, The Boston Globe’s 23 of the Most Anticipated Book of 2018, Buzzfeed’s The 33 Most Exciting New Books of 2018, Bustle’s 28 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2018 and Best Nonfiction In June, Nylon’s 50 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018 and 46 Great Books to Read This Summer, Electric Literature’s 46 Books to Read By Women of Color in 2018, HuffPost’s 60 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018, Bitch’s 30 Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2018, Refinery29’s Best New Books to Read This Month, AV Club’s 5 Books to Read This June, The Rumpus’s What to Read When 2018 is Just Around the Corner,’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2018 (So Far), Autostraddle’s 65 Feminist & Queer Books to Read in 2018, The Millions’ Most Anticipated: The Great 2018 Book Preview, Vol.1 Brooklyn’s 23 for 2018: A Literary Preview for the Year to Come, Book Riot’s June 2018 Roundup, Fast Company’s June Must-Reads, The Coil’s Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2016, the Times Herald Record’s Summer Reading Roundup, Maine Public’s Summer Reads Roundup, Twin Cities Pioneer Press’ Summer Reads Roundup, Bestselling Books Today’s Roundup, Bookish’s Summer’s 2018 Must-Read Nonfiction, Black Nerd Problems’ Most Anticipated Books of 2018, Library Journal’s Celebrity Book Club, WOCreads’ 10 WOC Reads in June 2018, and Lit Celebrasian’s June Books by Asian Authors.


Khakpour was named one of Buzzfeed’s 32 Essential Asian-American Authors You Need to be Reading.

The Last Illusion made Electric Literature’s Into the Wild: A Look At Feral Children Running Through Recent Fiction

Khakpour and Katherine Dunn were in conversation (by Brian Gresko) for Slice Magazine this winter, reprinted in full for LitHub

The Last Illusion received a great review in The New Indian Express.

The Last Illusion received another great review in Fiction Unbound.

The Last Illusion was on’s “Mind-Blowing Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Watch Out For in 2015”

US paperback now available (03/15, Bloomsbury)!


Upcoming Appearances:

3/25 7pm, McNallyJackson NYC  Smith Henderson in conversation with Porochista Khakpour

4/4 TBA  Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City

4/11 AWP Conference in Minneapolis (panel on memoir with Marie Mockett, Joanna Smith Rakoff, Porochista Khakpour, Ellis Avery, Alysia Abott)

4/18 Spring Writer’s Conference at the William Paterson University of New Jersey (keynote plus workshop)

4/19 Los Angeles Times Book Festival (panel)

4/29 7pm McNallyJackson NYC  It’s The End of the World As We Know It: A Dystopian Fiction Panel (Porochista Khakpour, Emily St. John Mandel, Lincoln Michel, Shya Scanlon, Carola Dibbell–moderated by Jason Diamond and Rahawa Haile)

4/30, 6:30 Kingston, NY  Word Cafe  reading

5/5 NYC  2015 PEN Literary Gala

5/14 7pm NJ Montclair Art Museum “In the Wake of ‘Identity Politics'” panel held in conjunction with the exhibition Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s (Moderated by Huey Copeland, Associate Professor of the History of Art, Northwestern University; panelists include Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum; Porochista Khakpour, writer; Simone Leigh, artist; and Soyoung Yoon, Assistant Professor of Art History and Program Director of Visual Studies, Department of the Arts, Eugene Lang College, The New School. )


The Offing

Khakpour is a Contributing Editor at the newly launched, a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books. (The Offing publishes work that challenges, experiments, provokes — work that pushes literary and artistic forms and conventions, but understands that to do so requires a rigorous understanding of those forms and conventions.)

Third Book Coming Soon

Edited by Calvert Morgan at HarperPerennial, SICK is a memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery, chronicling the long, arduous discovery of Khakpour’s late-stage Lyme Disease. Out in 2017.


Australian Book Tour

Bloomsbury UK via Bloomsbury Sydney has sent Porochista to Perth and Adelaide Book Festivals (Feb 18-March 3)

Perth schedule

Adelaide schedule

Lannan Reading Series conversation with Karen Russell

Wednesday 28 January 2015
7:00 pm
Where: Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

End of Year Lists!

The Last Illusion was a Kirkus Best Book of 2014, a Buzzfeed Best Fiction Book of 2014, an NPR Best Book of 2014, one of Buzzfeed’s 28 Best Books By Women in 2014, an Electric Literature Best Book of 2014, a Volume1 Brooklyn Favorite Book of 2014a PopMatters Best Book of 2014, one of Refinery29’s Books to Read in 2015, and one of Largehearted Boy’s 11 Favorite Novels of 2014.

(In addition to earlier press: one of Flavorwire’s 15 “Most Anticipated Books of 2014″,  The Millions “Most Anticipated” in their “The Great 2014 Book Preview“, Flavorwire’s “50 Excellent Fabulist Novels Everyone Should Read,” and the Huffington Post’s “30 Books You NEED to Read in 2014.”)

Khakpour was also one of Dazed’s  “Top 10 American Writers You Need to Read This Year,” a Buzzfeed Community/OpenRoadMedia “10 Amazing Female Novelists Under 50,” and one of Entropy’s “2014 Literary Advocates.”

Khakpour’s own favorite 2014 books can be found on The Millions and Salon.