Pauline Kaldas (بولين قلدس) was born in Egypt in 1961 and immigrated to the United States with her parents in 1969 at the age of eight. She received her BA in English and Business from Clark University, her MA in English from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University.
From 1990 to 1993, she and her husband, T. J. Anderson III, lived in Egypt and taught at the American University in Cairo. During those three years, she reconnected with her extended family and re-immersed herself in Egyptian culture. It was a period of intense artistic and personal growth. In 2002, she returned again with her husband and two daughters for six months when her husband was awarded a Fulbright to teach at Cairo University. Their most recent trip to Egypt was in 2010.
She is the author of The Time Between Places, a collection of short stories; Letters from Cairo, a travel memoir; and Egyptian Compass, a collection of poetry. In addition, she co-edited with Khaled Mattawa, Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction. The anthology received the Silver Award from ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards. She was also awarded a fellowship in fiction from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Her work navigates the geography of immigration, exploring issues of culture, identity, language, and home. The stories in her most recent book, The Time Between Places, move back and forth from Egypt to America, delving into lives that encompass both cultures.
Pauline Kaldas is currently an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Her teaching interests include Immigrant Literature, Arab Women Writers, Multicultural Literature, and Creative Writing. She lives with her husband and two daughters.