Neela Vaswani is the award-winning author of the short story collection, Where the Long Grass Bends; the mixed-genre memoir, You Have Given Me a Country; the middle-grade novel in letters, Same Sun Here (co-written with Silas House), and a forthcoming picture book, This is My Eye. She is the recipient of the American Book Award, a PEN/O.Henry Prize, the ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal, the Italo Calvino Prize for Emerging Writers, the Nautilus Book Award, and many other literary honors. She received a Grammy for her narration of I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World and an Audie Award for her narration of Same Sun Here.
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Vaswani has a Ph.D. in American Cultural Studies and an MFA in Writing. She lives in New York City and teaches at Spalding University’s brief-residency MFA in Writing Program, and has been a Visiting-Writer-in-Residence at countless schools—from graduate to elementary—all over the United States. She is an education activist in the U.S. and India, and a collaborator with VisionIntoArt and Composers Concordance, two multimedia performance groups based in New York.