Agha Shahid Ali was a finalist for the National Book Award for Rooms Are Never Finished. He taught at the University of Utah, the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received Guggenheim and Ingram-Merrill fellowships, among others. He was born in New Delhi and grew up in Kashmir. He died in December 2001Ali, Agha Shahid is the author of 'Call Me Ishmael Tonight A Book Of Ghazals', published 2004 under ISBN 9780393326123 and ISBN 0393326128.