Farooz Rather

Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Literature and Writing


  • Ph.D., Creative Writing, Florida State University
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, California State University
  • B. A., Aligarh Muslim University (Major: Psychology)

About Me

Farooz A. Rather (pen name: Feroz Rather) is the author of The Night of Broken Glass, a debut novel published by HarperCollins India and a finalist for the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award. About his novel, The Guardian said: "Feroz Rather's fierce and lyrical new book … tells of those everyday lives, forgotten by the west." Previously, Rather served as Visiting Teaching Faculty at the English Department at Florida State University, from where he also earned his Ph.D in creative writing with a focus on the history of the novel. Rather also holds an M.F.A. in fiction writing from California State University Fresno, where he was awarded a William Saroyan Prize in fiction, a Susan O. Memorial Scholarship, a Benck Family Scholarship, and a Thesis Award for his dissertation, "The Last Candle and Other Stories," a collection of short stories about the war in Kashmir. Over the years, Rather has taught a wide array of creative writing (fiction and nonfiction), literature, and composition courses, including a course on critical thinking at Ashoka University's Young India Fellowship program in India where he briefly served as a Visiting Professor. He has also served as the editorial assistant of The Normal School and Interviews Editor of the Southeast Review where he actively commissioned and featured the works of writers of color. Rather is an engaged reader of global fiction (especially works translated into English), which he reviews regularly for publications such as The Common, Ploughshares Blog, Michigan Quarterly Review, and the Kenyon Review.

What I Teach

  • Creative Writing Fiction
  • Creative Writing Non-Fiction
  • Invitation to Literature



Book Chapter

Novel Excerpts, Stories, and Essays in Journals