WAQAS AHMAD KHWAJA
Ellen Douglass Leyburn Professor of English,
Agnes Scott College,
141 East College Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030
Waqas Khwaja is the Ellen Douglass Leyburn Professor of English at Agnes Scott College. He obtained his Ph.D. in English from Emory University and a law degree (LL.B.) from the Punjab University Law College. He has published four collections of poetry, Hold Your Breath, No One Waits for the Train, Mariam’s Lament, and Six Geese from a Tomb at Medum, as well as a literary travelogue, Writers and Landscapes, about his experiences as a fellow of the International Writers Program (IWP), University of Iowa, and three edited anthologies of Pakistani literature, Cactus, Mornings in the Wilderness, and Short Stories from Pakistan. Khwaja was the translation editor and contributor for Modern Poetry of Pakistan, showcasing the work of 44 poets from seven of the country’s languages, and guest-edited a special issue of scholarly articles on Pakistani Literature for the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. He has also guest edited a special issue on Pakistani poetry for Atlanta Review. His poems and translations have appeared in US, South Asian, European, and Far Eastern publications, literary journals, and anthologies. He teaches courses in Postcolonial literature, British Romanticism, Narratives of Empire, Gothic literature, Victorian poetry and fiction, Literature and Leadership, and Creative Writing and has published articles and essays on writers from a variety of linguistic and cultural traditions and on subjects as wide-ranging as literature and economics, history, culture, and politics. Khwaja was a practicing lawyer, a visiting professor of law, and a regular columnist for national newspapers in Pakistan before migrating to the U.S. in 1994. He regularly organizes poetry readings for social and political causes and arranges open public readings annually at Agnes Scott College as part of the international “100 Thousand Poets for Change” project.
Review of Hold Your Breath, Muneeza Shamsie, Using Poetry as Resistance, Herald, August, 2017