Recent Graduate Wins O. Henry Award

Jamil Jan Kochai
Jamil Jan Kochai

UC Davis College of Letters and Science alumnus Jamil Jan Kochai (M.A., English, ’17) is winner of an O. Henry Award for his short story “Nights in Logar.” This story and those by 19 other writers will be published in an anthology this fall.

“To be included amongst such a long history of incredible stories, it's unreal,” Kochai said.  

The story is based on Kochai’s novel of the same name that will be published by Viking Books in January. It is a coming-of-age story about a boy's journey across contemporary Afghanistan to find and bring home the family dog.

A native of Pakistan, Kochai grew up in West Sacramento and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Sacramento. He is studying at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

The award was founded in 1918 and named in honor of late 19th/early 20th-century writer O. Henry, best known for his story “The Gift of the Magi.”