2022-2024 Creative Writing Fellow in Fiction
Creative Writing Program
Office: Callaway Memorial Center N207
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Sanjena (SUN-jun-ah) Sathian (she/her) is the author of the critically acclaimed novel GOLD DIGGERS, which was named a Top 10 Best Book of 2021 by the Washington Post, a Best Book of 2021 by NPR, Electric Literature, and Amazon, and longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. She is working on the TV adaptation with Mindy Kaling’s production company, Kaling International.
Her short fiction appears in The Atlantic, Conjunctions, Boulevard, The Southern Humanities Review, Salt Hill Journal, and more, and is anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2022. She’s written nonfiction for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Drift, Lithub, and more.
She’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a former Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. She has previously taught writing at the University of Iowa, Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, and Outer Coast College in Sitka, Alaska. She grew up in Atlanta and is thrilled to be back.