About Jyotsna

My name is pronounced JOE-tsnah SHREE-nee-vah-sun. You can hear me pronouncing it here: http://www.teachingbooks.net/pronounce.cgi?aid=11824

I was born and raised in northeast Ohio (the Akron area). My parents are immigrants from India. I have a B.A. in English literature from Kent State University (Ohio) and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Michigan. I work as a middle school and high school English teacher in Columbus, Ohio.

My new book is These Americans, 8 stories and a novella about Indian Americans. The novella is a revised version of a novel that was a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. My novel And Laughter Fell from the Sky is about two twenty-something Indian-Americans struggling to find their place in the world.

My short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. I was selected as a Fiction Fellow for the 2021 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. I received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for FY 2022, as well as an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Washington, DC Commission on the Arts (2003).

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You may contact me at [email protected]

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