photo: Matt Eames

Shilpi Suneja was born in Kanpur, India, an industrial down with a colonial past, four-hours southeast of New Delhi. At the age of fifteen, she moved with her parents to a tiny town in North Carolina, where she got her first job as a housekeeper at a motel. College almost didn't happen for Shilpi until her mom took over the reigns. Soon after, Shilpi graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from NC State, and later with an MA in English from NYU, an MFA from BU, and another MFA from UMass Boston. In 2018 Shilpi was awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council for portions of her first novel. Her short fiction and essays, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, appear in Asia Literary Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Little Fiction, Bat City Review, Hyphen, Consequence, Solstice, Stirring Lit, Kartika Review, Kafila, and TwoCircles.Net among other places. In 2019 Shilpi attended the Jack Jones Literary Retreat as a Desai Fellow. Her first novel about the long shadow of the Indian Partition of 1947, her grandfather's story of migration from Lahore to Kanpur, is slated for publication in Fall 2022 from Milkweed Editions.