Syed Manzoorul Islam is a Bangladeshi academic, writer, novelist, translator, columnist, and critic. He is a professor of English at the University of Dhaka. He has published several collections of short stories and several novels from Dhaka and Kolkata. His works of fiction have been highly praised for their surrealistic, magic realistic and post-modernistic nature.
As a literary critic, he has written criticism on writers including Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Sudhindranath Dutta, Samar Sen, and Shamsur Rahman. He received a Bangla Academy Literary Award in 1996, and his 2005 short stories collection Prem o Prarthanar Galpo was Prothom Alo‘s book of the year. He became the president of PEN Bangladesh in January 2018. He retired from the faculty position at the University of Dhaka and joined University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.