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Samrat Upadhyay Samrat Upadhyay is a professor of creative writing at IU. He is the first Nepali-born fiction writer writing in English to be published in the West. In 2001, Upadhyay won a Whiting Award for fiction. His books specially portray the current situation in Nepal, which Upadhyay views largely though the lens of contemporary American realist fiction. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Upadhyay is "like a Buddhist Chekhov."
His latest collection of stories, Mad Country (2017) has been reviewed by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews. Adrian Matejka Adrian Matejka's first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden (2003), won the 2002 New York / New England Award. His second collection, Mixology (2009), was a winner of the National Poetry Series. Mixology was a finalist for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. The Big Smoke (2013), which focuses on the life of the boxer Jack Johnson, was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is Map to the Stars (2017). Map to the Stars has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal.