Piyali Bhattacharya is a writer, editor, and writing instructor based in Nashville, TN where she is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Literary Hub, The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalNational Geographic and many others. She is the editor of the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion (Aunt Lute Books, 2016). The book was awarded a Gold Medal for Anthologies from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. It was also named an "Asian American Literary Achievement of 2016" by NBC, a "Best Nonfiction Book of 2016" by Entropy, and listed among the "10 Essential Books about the Immigrant Experience" by Publishers Weekly.

Piyali holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and is currently working on her first novel, an excerpt from which won the 2015 Peter Straub Award for Fiction. 



University of Wisconsin - Madison – Master of Fine Arts degree [2016] in Fiction.

SOAS, University of London - Master of Arts degree [2009] in Critical Media and Cultural Studies; Concentration in Gender Studies; Dissertation with Merit.

Bryn Mawr College - Bachelor of Arts degree [2007] in English Literature and South Asia Studies; Concentrations in Creative Writing and Religious Theory; Graduated Cum Laude.