Taymour Soomro was born in Lahore, Pakistan. He read law at Cambridge University and Stanford Law School and has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia. He has worked as a corporate solicitor in London and Milan, a lecturer at a university in Karachi, an agricultural estate manager in rural Sindh and a publicist for a luxury fashion brand in London.
He has published a textbook on law with Oxford University Press and has written for the Pakistani news media. His short stories and essays have been published in the New Yorker and the New York Times. His debut novel, Other Names for Love, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (US) and Harvill Secker (UK) in July 2022. He is the co-editor, with Deepa Anappara, of Letters to a Writer of Colour, a creative writing handbook on fiction, race and culture published by Random House (US) and Vintage (UK) in 2023. He has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sozopol Fiction Seminars and the Consortium for the Arts and Humanities in South East England. He currently teaches on the MFA program at Bennington College.