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Dr. Waqas Khwaja is Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies at Agnes Scott College, where he teaches courses in Victorian and Romantic poetry, Narratives of Empire, Gothic literature, Postcolonial Studies, and Creative Writing. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Emory University, Atlanta, and LL.B. from Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, in addition to an honorary fellowship from the International Writing Program, University of Iowa. He has published three collections of original poetry, No One Waits for the Train (2007), Six Geese from a Tomb at Medum (1987), and Mariam's Lament (1992), a literary travelogue Writers and Landscapes (1991) about his experiences with the International Writers Program, University of Iowa, and three anthologies of Pakistani literature in translation, Cactus (1986), Mornings in the Wilderness (1988) and Short Stories from Pakistan (1991). He was the translation editor (and contributing translator) for Modern Poetry of Pakistan (2011), a National Endowment of the Arts project, showcasing the work of 44 prominent Pakistani poets from its seven major language traditions. A regular columnist for and contributor to The Frontier Post, The Pakistan Economic Review, The Pakistan Times, News International, The Nation, and The Friday Times between 1983 and 1992, he was a practicing lawyer and visiting professor of law in Pakistan before he emigrated to the U.S. in 1994 to pursue an academic career in literature. He has published scholarly articles on writers from a variety of linguistic and cultural traditions and on subjects as wide-ranging as literature and economics, history, culture, and politics. He has guest-edited a special issue on Pakistani Literature for the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, released in February 2011, and has contributed numerous scholarly articles to academic journals and publications.