Sharbari Zohra Ahmed

Writer

Biography

Sharbari Ahmed is a writer of fiction, screenplays and plays.

Her fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Asian Pacific American Journal, Catamaran, Caravan Magazine, Inroads and the anthologies A New Anthem (Tranquebar, 2009) and Lifelines (Zubaan, 2013).

Her debut book The Ocean of Mrs. Nagai: Stories was released in November 2013 by Daily Star Books.

She was on the writing team for Season One of the TV Series, “Quantico” on ABC and is currently adapting the novel A Girl From Zanzibar into a screenplay for Vertumnus Productions, UK.

In 2003 she won The First Words Literary Prize for South Asian American Writing for her story “Raisins Not Virgins” which she then turned into a stage play that was performed in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Dhaka.  In 2008 the screenplay version was selected for the Tribeca All Access program at the Tribeca Film Festival and nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

She was born in Bangladesh and raised in New York, Connecticut and Ethiopia.