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Piyali Bhattacharya

Writer In Residence
Affiliate faculty in Asian Studies

Piyali Bhattacharya is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University where she writes and teaches fiction and nonfiction. She holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. from SOAS—University of London, and an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, where she was winner of the Peter Straub Award for Fiction. She is the editor of the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion, which received several national prizes, including a gold medal from the Independent Publisher Book Award, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, in addition to being named an “Asian American Literary Achievement of 2016” by NBC. Her short stories and essays have appeared in PloughsharesLiterary HubThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. She is currently at work on her first novel, which has been supported by fellowships from Hedgebrook, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and ARGS, along with grants from UW and Vanderbilt.