Stephen Alter


1956   -  

country of citizenship: Egypt
language of expression: English
educated at: Wesleyan University
occupation: academic
award received: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship

Stephen Alter (born 1956) is an author of non-fiction and fiction, who was born and raised in India, where he grew up as the son of American missionaries. He spends time between his hometown of Landour in the Lower Himalaya and Colorado in the United States. He graduated from Woodstock School (where his father, Robert Alter, served as Principal from 1968 to 1978) in Landour and subsequently from Wesleyan University. He has taught writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the American University in Cairo. He has been awarded Fulbright Program and Guggenheim Fellowship grants and received an honorary degree from Wesleyan University. He is the founding director of the Mussoorie Mountain Festival. His most recent non-fiction book Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime received the 2015 Kekoo Naoroji Award for Himalayan Literature. His most recent novel about Jim Corbett In the Jungles of the Night was shortlisted for the 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
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