Fawzia Afzal-Khan is a woman who wears several hats:
She is a Professor in the Department of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
She has published one book of criticism entitled Cultural Imperialism and the Indo-English Novel (1993), she has another co-edited volume of scholarly essays on the Postcolonial condition due to appear early in 2000 (entitled The PreOccupation of Postcolonial Studies, co-editied with Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks, being published by Duke University Press), and is author of many articles and essays on Feminist Theory, Postcolonial Criticism, Theatre in South Asia and so on.
She recently entered the field of performance poetry, and was named a finalist in the 1999 Greenburgh Poetry Contest; her poetry has been published in several journals (SPAN, SAMAR), and she is currently also working on a prose memoir entitled “Sahelian (Girlfriends).”
Her current research project focuses on a study of Pakistani Alternative Theater and the Women’s Movement, for which she has already been awarded several research grants, including one from Rotary International and another from the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.
Fawzia Afzal-Khan trained in North Indo-Pakistani Classical music in her home town of Lahore for seven years before coming to the USA, and was the winner of the Amateur All-Pakistan Classical Vocalist award three years in a row. She has performed on radio and television in Pakistan, and her music and poetry have been featured on the radio talk-show “Tahrir” on WBAI (NY Public Radio) in Manhattan; she has performed for many years at music clubs in Manhattan and Upstate New York.
These days she is involved with the theatre company Faim de Siecle, and recently performed with them in downtown New York, as part of the Chelsea Arts Walk Festival, and then in Paris, France on Sept. 25th, 1999, in a multimedia production that draws attention to issues of alienation, immigration and multiculturalism.
She is a wife and proud mother of two children whom she is raising with her husband Babar, a research scientist, in Ossining, NY.
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