How We Get the Job Done: Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla, the editor of The Good Immigrant series and the author of five novels, reflects on diversity in writing and the expectations of his parents.

Ahmed Ali Akbar

March 26, 2019

How We Get the Job Done: Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla has written five novels, including "The One Who Wrote Destiny," released last year. He has also edited the bestselling essay collections "The Good Immigrant (UK)" and "The Good Immigrant (US)." He sat down with me to talk about success, validation, and how he wants young writers of color to keep going.

You do a whole lot. How did it start?

Yeah, it’s a bit mad. I guess we kind of started a movement with the success of the first The Good Immigrant collection that came out in 2016 in the UK. A lot of those writers from marginalized backgrounds needed representation. And [me and my literary agent] put together a literary agency whose aim is to represent marginalized writers and get them into the publishing system, and nurture them and develop them.