Born in Calcutta and raised in New Delhi, SAYANTANI DASGUPTA teaches at the University of Idaho. Her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Phoebe, and Gulf Stream, among other magazines and literary journals. She is the author of the chapbook The House of Nails: Memories of a New Delhi Childhood. She edits nonfiction for Crab Creek Review and previous honors include a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and a Centrum Fellowship.
In FIRE GIRL, her debut collection of essays, Sayantani examines her personal story against the complexities of India & America through Bollywood; Hindu mythology; South Asian religion, history, and politics; gender and feminism; and what it means to grow up in the crowded, cosmopolitan world of New Delhi versus the small, university town of the American West where she now lives and teaches.