Anis Shivani is a poet, fiction writer, and critic in Houston, Texas. His debut book of poetry, My Tranquil War and Other Poems, is just out from NYQ Books. His second story collection, The Fifth Lash and Other Stories, has just been published by C&R Press, and his novel Karachi Raj is forthcoming in October 2013. His other books include Anatolia and Other Stories (2009) and Against the Workshop (2011). Currently he is working on a new poetry book called Empire, a novel called Abruzzi, 1936, and a new book of criticism on "plastic realism" in recent American fiction. Anis's work appears in the Southwest Review, Boston Review, Threepenny Review, Prairie Schooner, Agni, Epoch, Fence, Boulevard, Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, George Review, Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Antioch Review, Harvard Review, Subtropics, Green Mountains Review, Puerto del Sol, Verse, Quarterly West, and many other journals.