Sayantani Dasgupta is an essayist, a short story writer, and the author of the forthcoming collection Fire Girl: Essays on India, America & the In-Between (Two Sylvias Press) & 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 has lived in the United States since 2006.
Sayantani's publications have won a 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 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 two novels, a collection of short stories.