Past Event

Chaya Bhuvaneswar** in conversation with Christopher Castellani

White Dancing Elephants

In sixteen remarkable stories, Chaya Bhuvaneswar spotlights diverse women of color–cunning, bold, and resolute–facing sexual harassment and racial violence, and occasionally inflicting that violence on each other. Winner of the 2017 Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize, White Dancing Elephants marks the emergence of a new and original voice in fiction and explores feminist, queer, religious, and immigrant stories with precision, drama, and compassion.

Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a physician and writer with work in Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, The Millions, Joyland, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Her poetry and prose juxtapose Hindu epics, other myths and histories, and the survival of sexual harassment and racialized sexual violence by diverse women of color. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow, Sewanee Writers Conference Scholar and received a Henfield award and Pushcart nominations for her fiction. Her story collection was included in the “most anticipated for 2018” lists on The Millions, Book Riot, and Southern Living Magazine and received a starred Kirkus Review.  Follow her on Twitter for events and give-aways!