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ABOUT the author
Kalani Pickhart, author of I Will Die in a Foreign Land, holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. She is the recipient of research fellowships from the Virginia G. Piper Center and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence for Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. Kalani currently lives and writes in Phoenix, Arizona.
Find out more here: kalanipickhart.com
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I Will Die in a Foreign Land
"In Pickhart’s ardent, sprawling debut, a set of memorable characters attempt to lay bare the truths of recent conflicts in [Ukraine]... This bighearted novel generously portrays the unforgettable set of characters through their determination to face oppression. It’s a stunner."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Electric Literature interview with author Kalani Pickhart | 10/19/2021
Author Katya Apekina (The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish) speaks with author Kalani Pickhart about her debut novel I Will Die in a Foreign Land, the inspiration to write about the political situation in Ukraine, the impossible desire for a home that doesn’t exist, the Kobzari folk singing tradition that inspired her, how she navigated writing about recent traumatic historical events, and so much more.
Chicago Review of Books interview with author Kalani Pickhart | 10/21/2021
Aram Mrjoian speaks with Kalani Pickhart about her debut book I Will Die in a Foreign Land: the origins of the story, the process of writing such a structurally complex novel, how The Odyssey inspired her, about the history of Ukraine (not "the Ukraine"), and so much more.