Akhil Sharma

Akhil Sharma


akhil.sharma [at] rutgers.edu



Office Location

43 Bleeker Street

Newark, NJ 07102


Akhil Sharma was born in Delhi, India in 1971 and immigrated to the United States in 1979. Mr. Sharma's most recent novel, Family Life, won the 2015 Folio Prize for Fiction.  His first book, An Obedient Father, a novel set in Delhi during the period of Rajeev Gandhi’s assassination. An Obedient Father won the Pen-Hemingway prize and has been published in numerous languages. He is also an award winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly as well as a number of other publications. Mr. Sharma’s stories have been anthologized three times in Best American Short Stories and twice in The O. Henry Award Winners. In 2007 Mr. Sharma was included in Granta’s list of Best Young American novelists.  Akhil Sharma joined the faculty of the Rutgers Newark English Department/MFA Program in Fall, 2011. He lives in New York city with his wife, Lisa.

Akhil has had many essays printed in various publications:



Akhil has been featured in Poets & Writers Magazine:


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