Niaz Zaman is professor of English at the University of Dhaka. Her area of specialization is American literature. She has also published articles and books on womenâ€™s folk art. Among her major publications are The Confessional Art of Tennessee Williams, The Art of Kantha Embroidery -- the first book-length study of the kantha -- and a study of the partition, A Divided Legacy: The Partition in Selected Novels of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, which won a National Archives Award. She has edited a number of anthologies, including Under the Krishnachura, From the Delta, and New Age Short Stories. She was consulting editor, Arts and Humanities for Banglapedia and editor of the Bangladesh Journal of American Studies. She is also a creative writer and has published The Crooked Neem Tree, The Dance and Other Stories, the titular story of which won an Asiaweek Short Story Award, and Didima's Necklace and Other Stories. Last year she started writers.ink to publish creative writing in English and English translation as well as writings on literature and language. From 1981 to 1983, Dr Zaman was posted to the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington D.C. as Educational AttachÃ©.
Dr Zaman is at present working on a university-level American Literature Reader in two volumes. The reader will also include a multi-media CD.