Sayantani Dasgupta has taught creative writing in the US, India, Italy, and Mexico. She is an essayist, a short story writer, and the author of FIRE GIRL: ESSAYS ON INDIA, AMERICA, & THE IN-BETWEEN (Two Sylvias Press) -- a finalist for the 2016 Foreword Indies Award for Essays -- & the chapbook THE HOUSE OF NAILS: MEMORIES OF A NEW DELHI CHILDHOOD (Red Bird Press).
Born in Calcutta and raised in New Delhi, Sayantani received a BA in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, an MA in Medieval History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
Sayantani's essays have won a 2010 Pushcart Prize Special Mention, and Dukool Magazine's 2016 Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Her essay Oscillation was the finalist for Phoebe Magazine's 2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest judged by Cheryl Strayed. Other works have appeared in The Rumpus, Scroll, The Hindu, Hunger Mountain, and other magazines and journals. Honors include a Centrum Fellowship, an Artsmith Scholarship, and a Study Abroad Research Grant.
Her research interests include Creative Nonfiction, Literary Fiction, South Asian History and Literature, Indian Cinema, World Religions, Fairy Tales, Folk Lore and Mythology. She also edits nonfiction for the Seattle-based print journal Crab Creek Review. Sayantani is currently at work on a novel, a collection of flash essays, and another of short stories.