Shahnaz Habib is a writer, teacher, and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. Her fiction and essays have been published in Creative Nonfiction, Agni, Brevity, Elsewhere, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Caravan, Afar, and other magazines, and collected in the books Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers and 21 Under 40. Shahnaz is the founding editor of Laundry, a literary magazine about fashion, and a frequent book reviewer for The New Yorker.
Her awards include a Fellowship from the New York Foundation of Arts, the Ford Foundation International Fellowship, and Writer-in-Residence awards at I-Park Connecticut and La Muse in southern France. Born and raised in Kerala, India, Shahnaz earned her M.A. in English from the University of Delhi and has been a writing instructor for the Gotham Writing Workshops and Tuoro College. She has also worked as an Associate Press Officer for the United Nations and as a translator for the Southern Poverty Law Center.