Dina Nayeri was born in the middle of a revolution in Iran and moved to America at ten-years-old. Winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant (2015), the O. Henry Prize (2015) and fellowships from the McDowell Colony, Bogliasco Foundation, Yaddo, and several other artist residencies, her work is published in over 20 countries and has been recognized by Granta New Voices, Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers, Best American Short Stories, Best American Non-required Reading, and The Center for Fiction (Flaherty Dunnan prize long list). She was a 2017 Rome Prize finalist.
Dina’s stories and essays have been published by New York Times Magazine, Granta, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Vice, LA Review of Books, The Daily Beast, Guernica, Electric Literature, The Southern Review, Marie Claire, Glamour, and elsewhere.
Her debut novel, A TEASPOON OF EARTH AND SEA, was released in 2013 by Riverhead Books (Penguin) and translated into 14 languages. She holds a BA from Princeton, an M.Ed. and MBA from Harvard, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and Teaching Writing Fellow. Dina’s second novel, REFUGE, was published in July 2017.
Click here to read Dina’s Guardian Long Read essay, ‘The Ungrateful Refugee’.
After the publication of the essay Dina has written a book THE UNGRATEFUL REFUGEE published by Canongate in 2019.
Georgina Capel Associates represent Dina Nayeri in association with Anderson Literary Management (New York).