Discipline: Literature – fiction

Chaya Bhuvaneswar

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Newton, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2018

Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a practicing physician, writer, and PEN American/ Bingham Debut Fiction award finalist for White Dancing Elephants: Stories, work from which has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Literature, The Millions, Joyland, Large Hearted Boy, Chattahoochee Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Awl, jellyfish review, aaduna, and elsewhere, with poetry in Cutthroat, sidereal, Natural Bridge, apt magazine, Hobart, Ithaca Lit, Quiddity, and elsewhere. Her work was recently selected for inclusion in Best Small Fictions. 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.

While at MacDowell, she worked on her debut novel, tentatively titled, You Must Change Your Life, which juxtaposes the coming of age of a young Indian-American poet and activist in Queens, NY with the exposure of crime and corruption in her community


Van Zorn (formerly Kirby)

Chaya Bhuvaneswar worked in the Van Zorn (formerly Kirby) studio.

Constructed thanks to a bequest from Sarah L. Kirby, Kirby Studio was the last new building to be erected during Mrs. MacDowell’s leadership (1907-1951). The load-bearing masonry walls were laid by local mason Augustus Beaulieu atop a fieldstone foundation. A 1995 renovation preserved the brick fireplace with wooden mantel and…

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