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Creative Writing (MFA) Faculty and Staff

Dilruba Ahmed

Dilruba Ahmed

Hometown : Swarthmore, PA
Joined Chatham : 2010

Academic Areas of Interest

Poetry, South Asian American writing, Asian American writing, immigrant and first-generation literature

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Dilruba Ahmed is the author of DHAKA DUST (Graywolf, 2011), winner of the 2010 Bakeless Literary Prize for poetry, selected by Arthur Sze and awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her poetry has appeared in Cream City Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review, The Normal School, and Pebble Lake Review. Her work also appears in Indivisible: Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. A writer with roots in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Bangladesh, Ahmed holds BPhil and MAT degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She currently lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with her husband and son. Photo credit: Mike Drzal


  • MFA, Poetry, Warren Wilson College (Swannanoa, NC), 2009
  • MAT, Instruction and Learning, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), 1997
  • BPhil, English Writing/Poetry, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), 1996