TAHIRA NAQVI grew up in Lahore and was educated at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Karachi, Lahore College, and Government College, Karashi. In 1972, she moved to the United States with her husband and earned her masters at Western Connecticut State University. She taught English for twenty years, then Urdu at Columbia University and now New York University.
She is known for her English translations of the works of Ismat Chughtai, including Tehri Lakeer (The Crooked Line) and Ajeeb Aadmi (A very Strange Man). She has also translated Urdu stories by the Pakistani woman writer Khadija Mastur, which were published in Cool, Sweet Water. Naqvi is currently working on another master collection. Naqvi has just finished her own English-language novel set in Pakistan, as are many of the stories in her two collections, Attar of Roses and Other Stories of Pakistan and Dying in a Strange Country.