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SHORTEST VERSION: Jenny Bhatt is a writer, literary translator, book critic, and the founder of Desi Books. She teaches creative writing at Writing Workshops Dallas. Find her at https://jennybhattwriter.com.

SHORT VERSION: Jenny Bhatt is a writer, literary translator, and book critic. She is the founder of Desi Books and teaches creative writing at Writing Workshops Dallas. Her debut story collection, Each of Us Killers: Stories (7.13 Books; Sep 2020) won a 2020 Foreword INDIES award in the Short Stories category and was a finalist in the Multicultural Adult Fiction category. Her literary translation, Ratno Dholi: Dhumketu’s Best Short Stories (HarperCollins India; Oct 2020), has been shortlisted for the 2021 PFC-VoW Book Awards for English Translation from Regional Languages. Her writing has appeared in various venues including NPR, The Washington Post, BBC Culture, The Atlantic, Dallas Morning News, Literary Hub, Poets & Writers, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Star Tribune, and more. Having lived and worked her way around India, England, Germany, Scotland, and various parts of the US, she now lives in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. Find her at https://jennybhattwriter.com. [NOTE: Read about her writing journey in this Longreads essay and this Millions essay.]

LONG VERSION:

Jenny Bhatt is a writer, literary translator, and book critic She teaches fiction at Writing Workshops Dallas. She is also the founder of Desi Books. Her debut story collection, Each of Us Killers: Stories (7.13 Books; Sep 2020) won a 2020 Foreword INDIES award in the Short Stories category and was a finalist in the Multicultural Adult Fiction category. Her literary translation, Ratno Dholi: Dhumketu’s Best Short Stories (HarperCollins India; Oct 2020), has been shortlisted for the 2021 PFC-VoW Book Awards for English Translation from Regional Languages.

Her non-fiction has appeared or is upcoming in, among others: NPR, The Washington Post, BBC Culture, The Atlantic, Dallas Morning News, Literary Hub, Longreads, Poets & Writers, The Millions, Electric Literature, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Star Tribune, Guernica, The Rumpus, Kenyon Review, PopMatters, Scroll.in, and more. One of her essays was published in an anthology, Sulekha Select: The Indian Experience in a Connected World.

Her fiction has been published in Amazon’s Day One Literary Journal, Gravel Magazine, Lunch Ticket, Hofstra’s Windmill, Eleven Eleven Journal, Hot Metal Bridge, Jet Fuel Review, Kweli Journal, Five:2:One, The Indian Quarterly, York Literary Review (UK), The Nottingham Review (UK), Litro UK, The Vignette Review, etc. Her short stories have been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and the Best American Short Stories anthology. She has been a Best of the Net anthology finalist. One of her stories is upcoming in The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021.

Her translation work has appeared in Asymptote Journal and Waxwing Magazine.

She is currently working on a literary historical fiction trilogy set in medieval India and employing various Indian folkloric and mythological storytelling approaches.

Having lived and worked her way around India, England, Germany, Scotland, and various parts of the US, she now lives in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. Find her at https://jennybhattwriter.com.

[NOTE: Read about her writing journey in this Longreads essay and this Millions essay.]

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