Alumna Kirin Khan ’10 Wins PEN Fellowship for Writers

Pen Center USAOakland, CA–November 10, 2016

Los Angeles–based PEN Center USA has selected Mills alumna Kirin Khan ’10 for its 2017 Emerging Voices Fellowship, which is designed to help launch the professional careers of new writers. The organization’s membership comprises 800 writers in all genres and is an American branch of PEN International, which advocates for the literary community and freedom of expression globally.

Over the course of the seven-month program, Khan and other fellows will each participate in a mentoring relationship with a published author, writing courses at UC Los Angeles Writers’ Extension Program, evenings with visiting authors and publishers, copyedit training, public readings and voice training, and a work-in-progress class led by a professional writer. Past mentors have included authors Ron Carlson, Harryette Mullen, Chris Abani, Aimee Bender, Meghan Daum, and Sherman Alexie.

A senior analyst for the research firm YouGov, Khan earned a bachelor’s in economics from Mills and a post-baccalaureate in math from Smith College. She was a 2016 VONA/Voices fellow who has been published in the literary journals Uproot and sPARKLE & bLINK, and in Outrider Press’s anthology Home. Kirin is currently working on her first novel, titled Bludgeon.