Umair Kazi


Director of Policy & Advocacy

Authors Guild

Umair Kazi is the Director of Policy & Advocacy at the Authors Guild, a professional organization of over 13,000 writers. In this capacity, Umair oversees the Guild’s policy portfolio, including positions on copyright, collective bargaining, antitrust, and artificial intelligence. Previously, Umair served as the Guild’s Staff Attorney, and advised members on copyright, publishing contracts, First Amendment, and other legal issues related to the writing profession.

Umair holds a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University School of the Arts. He translates poetry from Urdu, with work published in several literary journals, and contributed a chapter on digital book piracy in the first edition of The Routledge Companion to Copyright and Creativity in the 21st Century