Dilruba Ahmed

Hometown:  Swarthmore, PA
Joined Chatham:  2011


Poetry, BIPOC writing, immigrant & first-generation writing, creative nonfiction, personal essay

WEBSITE: www.dilrubaahmed.com
INSTAGRAM: dilruba_ahmed20
TWITTER: @DilrubaAhmed
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/dilruba.ahmed


Gardening, cooking/nutrition


Dilruba Ahmed is the author Bring Now the Angels (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), with poems featured in New York Times Magazine, Best American Poetry 2019, and podcasts such as The Slowdown with Tracy K. Smith and Poetry Unbound with Pádraig Ó TuamaHer debut book of poetry, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press, 2011), won the Bakeless Prize.  Ahmed’s poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares.  Her poetry has also been anthologized in Literature: The Human Experience; Border Lines: Poems of Migration; The Orison Anthology 2020; Halal If You Hear Me; and elsewhere.  Ahmed is the recipient of The Florida Review’s Editors’ Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship in Poetry awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.  Ahmed has taught with Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers and Chatham University’s MFA Program.  She also teaches classes online with Hugo House and The Writing Lab. 

Web site:  www.dilrubaahmed.com 

  • MFA, Creative Writing/Poetry, MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College
  • MAT, Instruction & Learning, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.Phil, English Writing/Poetry, University of Pittsburgh
  • “Phase One,” Best American Poetry 2019
  • Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize
  • Bakeless Literary Prize for Dhaka Dust: Poems
  • The Florida Review’s Editors’ Award
  • Bring Now the Angels (Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020).
  • Dhaka Dust (Graywolf, 2011). Bakeless Literary Prize, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Judge: Arthur Sze.