Farooz Rather

Associate Professor of Practice

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.


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


  • LTWR 107 Introductory Fiction Workshop
  • LTWR 105 Introductory Nonfiction Workshop
  • LTWRR 207 Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • LTWR 205 Memoir Writing Workshop
  • LDR 101 Leadership through Storytelling
  • LTWR 110 Invitation to Literature
  • LTWR 229 Resist! Political Resistance in Literature and Film

Community Engagement

In 2022, I participated in Renewal, the symposium for the Faculty of Color Working Group, supported by Melon Foundation and New England Humanities Consortium.

I'll continue this conversation with other faculty of color in Boston by participating in 2023 symposium titled The Corporate University and Shrinking BIPOC: Where Do We Go From Here?

Research/Creative Activities

The Derby Shoe: A Novel-in-Progress

I am currently working on my second novel, The Derby Shoe, in which I follow a Kashmiri flâneur who is adrift in New Delhi. Traumatized by the recurring memories of being wounded in a fierce gunbattle, he hits it off with a struggling, ultraliberal poet from San Francisco at a publishing party. Later, he will travel to California with the hope of finding love. Through my protagonist’s evolving world view, I engage with the idea of the American dream, registering experiences of migration and provincialism in small town America. I was awarded Hazel Dick Leonard Faculty by Simmons University to support this project. I also attended Kenyon Review's Summer Workshop led by Mare-Helene Bertino.



Book Chapter

Novel Excerpts, Short Stories, and Essays in Journals


Professional Affiliations & Memberships



Short Stories

  • 2023 – "To the Blazing Fields" was longlisted in fiction catagory by the DISQUIET Literary Prize
  • 2022 – "The Reading Room" was nominated as the finalist in fiction catagory by the DISQUIET Literary Prize


  • 2018 – The Night of Broken Glass shortlisted for First Book Award! Tata Literature Live by Mumbai International Literary Festival.

Farooz Rather in the News

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"Literature and the American Dream" An Interview with Farooz Rather

The following is a conversation between Farooz Rather, Assistant Professor, NTT, Department of Literature and Writing at Simmons University, and Taylor Eubanks, graduate student in the Gender and Cultural Studies program. Professor Rather discusses his current manuscript, a novel titled...

Headshots of Tatiana M.F. Cruz, PhD; Traci Griffith, JD; Kat Lombard-Cook, PhD; Nicholl Montgomery, MFA; Farooz Rather, PhD; and Asiel Sepúlveda, PhD

Simmons University’s Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities Welcomes Six New Faculty Members

Cohort of talented faculty helps fulfill commitments to student success and faculty diversity.

Shout-outs from Students and Alums

Asiyah Herrera ’25

Ifill Scholar Asiyah Herrera ’25 Shares her Passion for Supporting Those in Need

“To me the Ifill scholarship is just that: the inception of an amazing legacy and the prospect of a radical future.” — Asiyah Herrera '25