A Writer to Watch: Tony Tulathimutte

July/August 2017

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A Writer to Watch: Tony Tulathimutte

Packed with wit, humor and penetrating insight, Private Citizens was hailed as the “first great millennial novel” by New York magazine.

Its author, Tony Tulathimutte, ’05, MS ’06, won one of this year’s Whiting Awards, a prize for emerging writers based on “the promise for great work to come.”

A previous winner of the MacDowell Fellowship and the O. Henry Prize for short stories, Tulathimutte has contributed to the Atlantic, the New Republic, the Paris Review, and other magazines and literary journals.

An author of nonfiction pieces on issues ranging from the intricacies of the professional writing world and book reviews to teenage hacking and the mobile game Clash of Clans, Tulathimutte says he prioritizes “trying to tell a good story.” He resides in Brooklyn and, post-Whiting, has been focusing more on writing fiction. “I’m trying to squeeze a couple of books out of it before I die,” he says, jokingly, about his plans for the Whiting’s $50,000 prize.

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