We are so over the moonand beside ourselvesand tapping drumrolls under our desksto announce that Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi has been selected as one of the National Book Award Foundation’s 5 Under 35 this year.


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5 Under 35 is annual prize that honors five young and promising fiction writers, each chosen by a National Book Award Winner or Finalist. Van der Vliet Oloomi was chosen by 2007 Honoree Dinaw Mengestu, author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. Honorees are selected at the discretion of the current selection committee of National Book Award Winners and Finalists, and cannot be nominated.


Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of Fra Keeler (Dorothy, a publishing project), and the recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award, a MacDowell Fellowship, anda Fulbright Fellowship to Catalonia, the primary setting of her next novel in progress. She currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame, splitting her time between South Bend, Indiana, and Florence, Italy.


Bravo, Azareen!