Creative Writing

UNCW Welcomes Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction Sayantani Dasgupta


The UNCW Department of Creative Writing welcomes Sayantani Dasgupta as Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction, starting in the fall semester of 2018. An acclaimed essayist and short story writer, Dasgupta is the author of Fire Girl: Essays on India, America & the In-Between, which was a finalist for the 2016 Foreword Indie Book of the Year Award, and The House of Nails: Memories of a New Delhi Childhood. Dasgupta is currently the nonfiction editor for the Seattle-based literary journal Crab Creek Review. In the fall, she will teach a graduate nonfiction workshop, as well as undergraduate classes on the contemporary essay and research for creative writers.

“We as a faculty were captivated—more accurately, were blown away—by Sayantani's inspiring teaching abilities, beautiful writing, and charismatic personality,” says department chair David Gessner. “I have no doubt she is going to bring something unique and important to the department.”

Dasgupta’s essays and stories have appeared in the RumpusPhoebe, and Gulf Stream, among others, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize Special Mention. She is the recipient of fellowships from Centrum and Artsmith. Dasgupta has also taught creative writing in India, Italy, and Mexico, and her research interests include South Asian history and literature, Indian cinema, world religions, and folk lore. Born in Calcutta and raised in New Delhi, Dasgupta is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College (BA History), Jawaharlal Nehru University (MA Medieval History), and the University of Idaho (MFA Creative Writing).

“After a decade in Idaho, I’m looking forward to learning and exploring a completely different part of the country,” says Dasgupta. “I am especially excited to teach both undergraduate and graduate nonfiction workshops, and to see what unique perspectives and stories my students will to bring to the world.”