Press Kit

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Jenny Bhatt is a writer, literary translator, book critic, and the founder of Desi Books, a global forum for showcasing South Asian literature from the world over. She teaches creative writing at Writing Workshops Dallas and the PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship Program.

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), was shortlisted for the 2021 PFC-VoW Book Awards for English Translation from Regional Languages. One of her short stories was included in The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021. The US edition of her Dhumketu translation, The Shehnai Virtuoso and Other Stories, was released in July 2022.

Her nonfiction has been published in various venues including NPR, The Washington Post, BBC Culture, The Atlantic, Publishers Weekly, Dallas Morning News, Literary Hub, Poets & Writers, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Star Tribune, and more.

UPCOMING: Her translation of Jhaverchand Meghani’s best folktales will be out in 2023 with Pan Macmillan India. She has a story scheduled to be published in a 2023 anthology, South to South: Writing South Asia in the American South. And her translation of the celebrated Gujarati writer Varsha Adalja’s award-winning novel, Crossroad, will be out in early 2024.

She resides in the Dallas, Texas area. Find her at Sign up for her popular, free, weekly newsletter, We Are All Translators.


[These are possible topics for discussion with media venues; the links point to essays and articles I’ve published over the years on these topics.]

  1. South Asian literature
  2. South Asian literature in translation
  3. Writing and translating craft
  4. The writing and translating life
  5. The art and craft of literary criticism
  6. Founding and running a media startup
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Published Books

Each of Us Killers Jenny Bhatt

Works in anthologies

Books/Anthologies in progress

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FAQs (incl. a translator Q&A)

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Book Club Discussion Guide (Each of Us Killers)

Book Club Discussion Guide (The Shehnai Virtuoso)

Jenny Bhatt’s Resume (October 2022)

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