Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi


Associate Professor of English

Specialty: Fiction Writing, Latin American and Iberian literature, world literature, literature in translation

Degrees: MFA Literary Arts (Fiction), Brown University; BA Creative Writing, Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of the novel Call Me Zebra (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and long listed for the PEN Open Book Award, and the critically acclaimed novel Fra Keeler (Dorothy, a publishing project). She is the winner of 2015 Whiting Writers' Award (for “early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come”), a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship in Fiction to Catalonia, Spain, and a Fellowship from the Institució de les Lletres Catalanes in Barcelona. She is currently at work on a series of interviews for the Los Angeles Review of Books titled “The Catalan Paradox: writers, translators and publishers on the literature of a stateless language.” Her next book is a spatial study of Napoleon’s exile in Elba a la Georges Perec and is forthcoming as part of a series on documenting space from Coffee House Press in 2021. 

Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from GRANTA, BOMB, The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, Paris Review Daily, Guernica, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. She has lived in Iran, Spain, Italy, various parts of the United States, and the United Arab Emirates. Fra Keeler has been translated into Italian and was published by Giulio Perrone Editore in 2015. Call Me Zebra was published in the UK by Alma Books and is forthcoming in Turkey and Romania. Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi splits her time between South Bend and Chicago.

Contact Information

279 Decio Hall
(574) 631-1631

Postal address
Department of English
233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556