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Editor and Essayist to Visit Central Washington University

Essayist Sayantani DasguptaEssayist Sayantani Dasgupta will visit Central Washington University as part of the Lion Rock Visiting Writers series on Tuesday, May 9.

Dasgupta will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom. Earlier in the day, she will give a craft talk titled “Essays, Everyday Ordinariness and the Evil Eye” at noon in Black Hall room 151.

Both events are free and open to the public. Her books will be available for sale courtesy of the CWU Wildcat Shop following the 7:30 p.m. event.

Dasgupta is author of Fire Girl, nominated for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year, as well as The House of Nails, a chapbook about her childhood in New Delhi.

She received her MFA from the University of Idaho, where she now teaches creative nonfiction and global literatures. Her research includes creative nonfiction, literary fiction, South Asian history, literature, Indian cinema, and world religions.

Dasgupta has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received Dukool magazine’s 2016 prize for creative nonfiction, as well as a Centrum Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Gulf Stream, Phoebe Magazine, Blood Orange Review, and others. She is also the nonfiction editor for Crab Creek Review, a Seattle-based print journal.

This event is sponsored by the CWU College of Arts and Humanities, Department of English, Karen Gookin, and the Wildcat Shop.

Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-1745 or emailing

For more information about the Lion Rock series, visit the Lions Rock web page or contact Lisa Norris at 509-963-1745 or

Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,

--May 1, 2017