Ayad Akhtar is a playwright, novelist, and winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He is the author of Junk (Lincoln Center, Broadway; 2018 Kennedy Prize for American Drama, Tony nomination); Disgraced (Lincoln Center, Broadway; Pulitzer Prize, Tony nomination); The Who & The What(Lincoln Center); and The Invisible Hand (Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, Olivier and Evening Standard nominations). As a novelist, he is the author of American Dervish (Little, Brown & Co.) published in over 20 languages, as well as the forthcoming novel, Homeland Elegies (Little, Brown & Co.) in September 2020. Ayad is the recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2017 Steinberg Playwrighting Award, 2017 Nestroy Award, as well as fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, MacDowell, the Sundance Institute, and Yaddo, where he serves as a Board Director. Additionally, Ayad is a Board Trustee at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and New York Theatre Workshop. He joined the PEN America Board in 2015.
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