Adib Khorram is a queer Iranian-American author. He was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. A theater kid in high school, he went on to study design and technical theater at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, with an emphasis in lighting design, and spent several years in the event production industry.
His first novel, Darius the Great is Not Okay, won YALSA’s William C. Morris Award for Best Debut Author Writing for Teens, the Asian/Pacific American Literature Association’s Young Adult Award, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor, among other accolades. A companion novel, Darius the Great Deserves Better, became an instant Indie Bestseller and received a Stonewall Honor. His picture book debut, Seven Special Somethings: A Nowruz Story (illustrated by Zainab Faidhi) was published in spring 2021. His most recent title, Kiss and Tell, is a smart, sexy YA novel about a boy band star, his first breakup, his first rebound, and what it means to be queer in the public eye.
When he’s not writing, he enjoys yoga, figure skating, electric guitar, food, wine, tea, board games, and explaining to people why Kansas City has the best barbecue.