Department of English
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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PhD in creative and critical writing, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, 2010
Masters in Mass Communication, University of Georgia, U.S.A., 1994
Bachelor of Arts in English, Armstrong Atlantic State University, U.S.A., 1992
Visiting Professor of Creative Writing, Asian College of Journalism, 2012-13
Lecturer of Literature and Creative Writing, Open University, UK, 2008-2012
Tutor, School of Literature and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, UK, 2007-2011
Senior Instructor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Seattle Central Community College, U.S.A., 1997-2004
Director of Public Relations, Hargus and Associates, U.S.A., 1994-97
Modern and contemporary literature
I have published two critically-acclaimed novels, Time Is a Fire and The Wages of Life
I have published several short stories in the United Kingdom, United States and India. My short fiction has been broadcast over the radio in over twenty countries.
I have also contributed to national and international publications as a writer and a columnist. These include, among others, World Literature Today, Wasafiri, Litro, Ambit, the Dublin Quarterly, New Writing, Driftwood, The Seattle Times, The Hindu, The Times of India, Frontline and Firstpost. A full list of publications is available on my website www.vikramkapur.com
National and International Recognition
My short fiction has been shortlisted or longlisted in a number of major international competitions including, among others, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (UK), the Fish International Short Story Prize (Ireland) and the Radiobooks Short Story Prize (Radio Netherlands World Service).
I have received several prestigious scholarships and fellowships including, among others, the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship (U.S.A.), the Canserrat Arts Center residency (Spain), the India-Africa bursary from the University of East Anglia (UK), the Wesleyan scholarship (U.S.A.) and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers scholarship (U.S.A.).
I have been Visiting Writer or Writer-in-Residence at a number of universities including, most recently, IIT Madras, Asian College of Journalism and the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
My experience has taught me that it is important to read as a writer and write as a reader. The creative and the critical are not mutually exclusive. Rather, they are complementary. It is not possible to excel in one while ignoring the other, which is the key lesson I wish to pass on to my students.