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 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 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.