Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Dr. Khem Aryal

Associate Professor of English


  • PhD in English (Creative Writing, and Rhetoric and Composition), University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2015
  • MPhil in English, Pokhara University, Kathmandu, 2006
  • MA in English, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, 1999
  • BA in English and Economics, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, 1994

Teaching Specialties

  • Creative Writing 
  • Creative Writing Studies
  • Composition Studies
  • Asian American Literature 

Courses Taught

  • Creative Writing 
  • Advanced Creative Writing
  • Graduate Seminar in Asian American Literature
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Advanced Composition 
  • Composition I
  • Composition II

Recent Publications


  • The In-Betweeners (short story collection), Braddock Avenue Books, 2023 
  • South to South: Writing South Asian in the American South (edited collection), Texas Review Press, 2023
  • Kavya: Representative Nepali Poetry in English (Co-edited collection), Grey Sparrow Press, 2022 and Vajra Books, 2023
  • His Grandma Blues (chapbook), Belle Point Press, 2022 

Short fiction:

  • “Visa for Mama,” Valley Voices, Spring 2023 (forthcoming) 
  • “Overstayed,” Reed Magazine, Spring 2022  
  • “Shopping for Glasses,” South Carolina Review, Spring 2022  
  • “How Not to Come to America,” The Pinch, Fall 2021 
  • “His Grandma Blues,” Pangyrus, Spring 2021  
  • “Laxman Sir in America,” Valley Voices, Spring 2021 
  • “Election, 2017,” Literary Studies, Spring 2020 
  • “Comrade Buffalo Breeder,” FU Review, 2020 
  • “Thapaliya-ji the Social Worker,” Tint Journal, 2019 
  • “Kahersingh Kami,” Isthmus, Fall 2018  

Articles and Essays:

  • “Circling Back: Making Space for Theories in the Creative Writing Classroom” (book chapter), Innovative Practices in Creative Writing Teaching, edited by Graeme Harmer, 2023 
  • “Retooling Workshops of Empire: Globalizing Creative Writing with an Edge.” New Writing:  The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Fall 2021 
  • “Changing Landmarks,” Bookends Review, Fall 2021  
  • “The Old Man and Hemingway,” Arkansas Review, December 2021 

Khem Aryal

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3427


Building: HSS
Room: 4135