Shahbano lives in the backwoods of the Southern Tier of New York State with her husband and three girls, where she enjoys the rustic pleasures of small-town life and endures the excruciating winters with grim fortitude. Being a Karachi-ite, the transition hasn’t been easy, but she keeps sane by reserving her mornings for creative projects – writing, scrapbooking, photography and the not-so-creative task of changing her toddler’s diaper. With an MA in Twentieth Century Literature from Kings College London, Shahbano’s first love has always been prose fiction although she has dabbled in poetry, is a keen book reviewer, and enjoys writing both stories as well as non-fiction for children. A published poet, Shahbano’s first novel, Without Dreams, came out in 2007 and was long listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Her second novel is currently with a literary agent. With almost ten years of editorial experience at Oxford University Press, Pakistan, and her interest in academic writing, Shahbano is excited to be a part of the Reportage team at Papercuts.