Mariam Rahmani

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Mariam Rahmani is a writer and translator.


Rahmani's fiction and essays have appeared in Granta, Gulf Coast, BOMB Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, and exhibition catalogs; and her translation in n+1, Columbia Journal, and the collected volume, After Cinema: Fictions From A Collective Memory (Archive Book, 2019). Her first book-length translation of the 2008 Iranian cult hit, In Case of Emergency by Mahsa Mohebali was on The New Yorker’s Best Books of 2022 list, and otherwise well-reviewed in both The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review.

Rahmani holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA and an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Among her honors and awards are the 2021 Henfield Prize, the Columbia MFA’s highest honor in fiction, a 2018 PEN/Heim translation grant, and a US Fulbright fellowship. She previously taught at UCLA as a Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature.

Rahmani joined the Bennington faculty in Fall 2023.