Lewis Center Fellows

Jamil J. Kochai

Jamil J. Kochai headshot

Photo by Jalil Kochai


Jamil Jan Kochai is the author of 99 Nights in Logar (Viking, 2019), a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. He was born in an Afghan refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, but he originally hails from Logar, Afghanistan. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Short Stories 2021. His essays have been published at The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Kochai was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a Truman Capote Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded the Henfield Prize for Fiction. His second book, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories (Viking) was published in July 2022. During his year as a 2022-23 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, Kochai will be completing his second novel.

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Read or listen to a short story: “The Haunting of Hajji Hotak” by Jamil Jan Kochai, published in The New Yorker, Nov. 1, 2021