Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of Fra Keeler (Dorothy, a publishing project). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The American Reader, BOMB, Denver Quarterly, The Coffin Factory, &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, Words without Borders, and elsewhere. Fra Keeler has been translated into Italian and is forthcoming from Giulio Perrone Editore in 2015. From 2010 to 2011, Van der Vliet Oloomi was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Catalonia, Spain. She subsequently received a research grant from the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes in Barcelona to study the work of Catalan author Josep Pla. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.F.A. from Brown University. She has lived in Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Italy, Singapore, and the United States, and currently teaches in the M.F.A. program in creative writing at the University of Notre Dame.
From the Whiting Award judges: “Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi writes sentences that are crisp and formal, but the madness they depict is anything but. Her ambition, to take you inside a completely unreliable narrator, still manages to create a rare and strong narrative drive. Controlled yet bizarre, it pulls you in.”
This year marks the 30th anniversary of these prestigious $50,000 awards given each year to exceptional emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry, including fellow WLS author and 1995 recipient Melanie Sumner. Van der Vliet Oloomi was one of ten 2015 recipients honored last night at a ceremony at the New-York Historical Society with a keynote by Andrew Solomon.