127 Brink Hall
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102
Sayantani Dasgupta teaches creative nonfiction and global literatures in English.
Born in Calcutta and raised in New Delhi, Sayantani Dasgupta is the author of Fire Girl: Essays on India, America, & the In-Between (Two Sylvias Press, 2016), and the chapbook, The House of Nails: Memories of a New Delhi Childhood (Red Bird Press, 2016). Her essays and short stories have appeared/are forthcoming in Chicago Quarterly Review, The Rumpus, Phoebe, Gulf Stream, India International Quarterly, The Bellingham Review, and others. She edits nonfiction for Crab Creek Review, and has won fellowships from Centrum and Artsmith. She teaches creative writing and South Asian literature at the University of Idaho and has also taught writing workshops in India and Italy.
- M.F.A., University of Idaho, Creative Writing, Nonfiction, 2009
- M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University, History, 2002
- B.A., Delhi University, History (hons.) 2000
Sayantani Dasgupta is from Delhi, India. Her work has appeared in Indian and American journals and magazines.
- Creative writing
- South Asian history and literature
- World religions
- Flash fiction, “Gabriella,” Black Denim Lit. (Forthcoming)
- Essay, “Reptilian Brain,” Kweli Journal. (Forthcoming)
- Essay, “Why Home is a Bad Bollywood Movie,” The Toast, December 2014.
- Essays, “Armor” and “On Collecting Stories,” Yellow Medicine Review, September 2014.
- Essay, “Oscillation,” first runner up for Phoebe magazine’s Creative Nonfiction Contest judged by Cheryl Strayed, May 2014.
- Essay, “Dining Room Diplomacy,” Here We Have Idaho, October 2013.
- Essay, “Why My Mother Should Take Over the World,” Crab Creek Review, July 2013.
- Short Story, “Another Life,” Sugar Mule, May 2013.
- Essay, “The Snow White Men of India,” CAB magazine, March 2012.
- Essay, “Channeling the Chakra,” Torches N’ Pitchforks, November 2012.
- Essay, “Have a Good One,” About Campus, October 2012.
- Essay, “Beyond the Ivory Tower,” IDAHO magazine, March 2012.
- Essay, “The House of Nails,” Conversations Across Borders, February 2012.
- Essay, “Touching Down,” About Place Journal special issue titled A River Runs Through Us on the theme of Water, January 2012. (Essay previously published in Taller, the Centrum Foundation journal, March 2011.)
- Essay, “Fire Girl,” Gulf Stream, December 2011.
- Essay, “Have a Good One,” IDAHO magazine, December 2010.
- Essay, “Portland: Where the World is Welcome,” Hindustan Times, October 2010.
- Essay, “On Seeking Answers,” SN Review, Spring/Summer 2008.
- Essay, “Growing up Harry,” Tehelka, August 2007.
- Essay, “Collision,” Blood Orange Review, August 2007.
- Essay, “The Sense of We within the I,” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, Fall 2007.
- Essay, “They Didn’t See a College Student, They Saw a Target,” Tehelka, March 2007.
- Member, Common Read Committee for Incoming Freshmen, 2010, 2013, 2014.
- Member, Committee on Faculty Recruitment & Retention, President’s Diversity Council, Spring and Fall 2013.
- Faculty advisor, Oxfam America, Fall 2013-2014.
- Member, Fulbright Interview Committee, 2012, 2013.
- Nonfiction editor, Crab Creek Review, since 2013.
- Board member, Kahini, since May 2013.
- Faculty: Centrum Port Townsend Writers Conference, July 2009-2014.
- Faculty: Cabin Fever Writing Workshop for McCall Arts & Humanities Council, April 2014.
- Faculty: The Writers’ Workshoppe, Port Townsend, March 2014.
- Special Mention (for “On Seeking Answers”) in the 2010 Pushcart Prize Anthology.
- Pushcart Prize nomination for "Have a Good One", 2011.
- GPSA Teaching in Excellence Award: Spring, 2009.
- Study Abroad Grant, International Programs Office: Spring, 2008.