Neela Vaswani is the 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, Same Sun Here (co-written with Silas House), and the picture book, This is My Eye (author and illustrator). 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. Also an audio book narrator, she received a Grammy award 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.
Vaswani has a Ph.D. in American Cultural Studies and an MFA in Writing. She lives in New York City with her family and teaches at Spalding University’s brief-residency MFA in Writing Program. She is an education activist in the U.S. and India, and a frequent collaborator with multimedia performance groups based in New York.