Porochista Khakpour is dog mom to Cosmo the Poodle, an Iranian American writer, and the author of the personal essay collection Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity, the novel The Last Illusion, the novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects, and the memoir of chronic illness Sick. She is the recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowship in Creative Writing, and was the Writer in Residence at Bard College from 2014 to 2017. Her work has also appeared in publications like Guernica, Virginia Quarterly Review, New York Times, and Condé Nast Traveler. Cosmo and Porochista currently reside together in Queens, New York.
From day one, Cosmo and I were locked in battle. His willful, bossy personality was unlike any of the other dogs I had, who were shy and needy and demure. With Cosmo, it was and always is The Cosmo Show. Read more