Shilpi Suneja


Shilpi Suneja

Shilpi Suneja was born in India. She holds an MA in English from New York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University, where she was awarded the Saul Bellow Prize. A 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, her work has won a Pushcart Prize nomination and appears in Asia Literary Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Little Fiction, Bat City Review, Hyphen, Consequence, and Kartika Review, among other places. In 2019 she was named the Desai Fellow at the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. Her first novel, HOUSE OF CARAVANS that tells the story of her grandfather's migration during India's bloody Partition of 1947 is slated for publication in Fall 2022 from Milkweed Editions


  • HOUSE OF CARAVANS, Milkweed Editions, Fall 2022
  • “Everything Sounds Beautiful in Urdu,” Ghost Post, 2020
  • “Outside her Body,” Angime, 2020
  • “Third World Instincts,” Asia Literary Review, 2018
  • “Death on a Rickshaw,” Bat City Review, 2018
  • “Unemployment,” Little Fiction, 2018; Pushcart Prize Nomination; Most Read Story
  • “Noah’s Ark,” Stirring, 2018
  • “My Mother the Arsonist,” Consequence, 2014
  • “Housekeepin’,” 236, Boston University Alumni Magazine, 2011
  • “The Simpleton,” Hyphen, 2010
  • “A River Cannot be a River,” Meeting House Magazine, 2009
  • “Those Who Can’t Travel, Cook,” Solstice Magazine, 2020
  • “The Syncretic Saris of Banaras,” Michigan Quarterly Review, 2018
  • “Choosing America,” Solstice Magazine, 2017
  • “Seeing People: An Interview with Artist Annu Matthew,” Kartika Review, 2017
  • “Welcome to Us, America!” GrubWrites, 2017
  • “Bajrangi Bhaijan: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Shri Ram,” TwoCircles, 2015
  • “Poet Jill McDonough Examines Technology and the Culture of Secrecy,” UMB News, 2015
  • Interview with Daphne Kalotay, Breakwater Review, 2014
  • “The Jamuriyat Road to Taksim Square,” Kafila.Online, 2013
  • “Thwarting Terror: From Boston to Bombay, Let’s Create a New Circle of Empathy,” India Writes, 2013
  • “Soni Sori and the Case of Indian Gallantry,” WRise Boston, 2013
  • “Visiting Writer Howe Creates a Unique Kind of Prose that ‘Shatters into Poetry’,” UMB News, 2013


  • Yaddo Writers Retreat (Invitation), 2020
  • Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat Desai Fellowship, 2019
  • Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Author Fellowship, 2019
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, 2018
  • National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, 2018
  • Grub Street Novel Incubator Scholarship
  • Grub Street Novel in Progress Scholarship
  • Asian American Writers’ Workshop & Hyphen Magazine Story Award
  • Boston University Creative Writing Dept. Saul Bellow Prize
  • Boston University Creative Writing Dept. Robert Pinsky Graduate Award
  • Harvard Book Store Set in Harvard Square Story Contest Winner
  • North Carolina State U. GTE Foundation Scholarship
  • North Carolina State U. University Scholars’ Program


  • Ph.D. in English Language & Literature, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (currently enrolled)
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing – Fiction, University of Massachusetts, Boston Thesis: Third World Instincts and Other Stories Advisor: Daphne Kalotay
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing – Fiction, Boston University Thesis: A Ticket to Kanpur and Other Stories Advisor: Ha Jin
  • M.A. in English & American Literature, New York University Thesis: Protesting in Style: Realist Aspirations and Modernist Form in Mulk Raj Anand’s ‘Untouchable’ Advisor: Rajeswari Sunder Rajan
  • B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics, NC State University


Fall Semester 2021
  • ENG-273: Creative Writing: Myths and Legends from Indigenous Worlds

Spring Semester 2021
  • ENG-100: Composition I

Fall Semester 2020
  • ENG-100: Composition I