A native of Karachi, Pakistan who immigrated to the United States at age 18 to attend college, Rahman was an assistant professor of English at Kansas State University, and, as of 2008, is an assistant professor of English at Cleveland State University, where he directs the Imagination Writers Conference. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, and holds a Master of Arts from Ohio University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Florida. He was the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2001–2002.
The stories in I Dream of Microwaves feature a Pakistani actor who laments that he can't even get work in the U.S. portraying criminals.
'The Brigadier-General Takes His Final Stand' (2013), short story in xo Orpheus
- I Dream of Microwaves (2004, short story collection)
"Eating Ohio" (2003), short story in One Story 19)
"All roads lead to flesh and bone" (Willow Springs issue 55 - 2005)
"I dream of microwaves" (Gulf Coast (Literary Journal))