Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts named Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jhumpa Lahiri as the new director of the University’s Program in Creative Writing.
“Jhumpa Lahiri, one of the great writers of our time, is a truly galvanizing and empowering presence in the classroom. Our community is enriched by her commitments to the development of student writers, the practice of translation, and the wealth of literature being written in languages other than English,” said Smith, Chair of the Lewis Center.
She has received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for her first anthology of stories titled, ‘Interpreter of Maladies’. She is also the author of The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland, a finalist for both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award in fiction.
Lahiri received of numerous awards and fellowships in the field of literature, including the PEN/Hemingway Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, the Asian American Literary Award, She was awarded a 2014 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.
“At a time when words are used to falsify and divide, I am proud and inspired to direct a diverse and inclusive creative writing program that unites Princeton students with some of the world’s finest writers,” said Lahiri.