Author Amir Ahmadi discusses latest book “Then the Fish Swallowed Him” in new CCNY reading forum

Amir A. Ahmadi, the critically acclaimed Iranian author and visiting professor in The City College of New York’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, discusses his latest novel ”Then the Fish Swallowed Him,” in City College’s new reading series Spotlight: “Writers on Iran” on Friday, Oct. 15. The Zoom event starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free to the public. Click here to register.

The New Yorker describes “Then the Fish Swallowed Him,” Ahmadi’s third novel, as "a depiction of how abstract political machinations crystallize into absurd, capricious violence.” 

Ahmadi started his writing career in 2000 as a journalist in Iran. In Farsi, he has published  two novels “Cogwheels” and “Disappearance of Daniel”; a collection of stories (Fragments of a Crime), and a book of nonfiction on the state of Iranian literature in the new millennium “Graffiti on the Paper Wall.”  He also translated  novels by E.L Doctorow, Paul Auster, P.D. James, and Cormac McCarthy from English to Farsi. 

Ahmadi switched to writing in English in 2012, and has published short stories and essays in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, London Review of Books, Massachusetts Review, Asymptote, and openDemocracy. He earned a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Queensland, Australia, and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. 

Spotlight is a new series in CCNY’s Division of Humanities and the Arts engaging authors, writers and the public in the most pressing conversations of our time, through the lens of literature and the arts.

CCNY’s MFA Program in Creative Writing was recently profiled by Insider Higher Education. Click here to read the article.

About the City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

Jay Mwamba
p: 212.650.7580