SJ Sindu is a Tamil diaspora author of two literary novels (Marriage of a Thousand Lies, which won the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Award; and Blue-Skinned Gods, which was an Indie Next Pick and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award), two hybrid chapbooks (I Once Met You But You Were Dead, which won the Split Lip Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest; and Dominant Genes, which won the Black Lawrence Press Black River Chapbook Contest), two forthcoming graphic novels (Shakti and Tall Water), and one forthcoming collection of short stories (The Goth House Experiment).

Sindu holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Florida State University and teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. More at or @sjsindu on Twitter/Instagram.


PhD - English and Creative Writing | Florida State

MA - Creative Writing | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

BA - English | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Leslie Ullman

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Richard Jackson

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Robin MacArthur

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Novel Retreat

Brian Leung

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Connie May Fowler

Faculty Chair, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]; Director, Novel Retreat

Geoff Bouvier

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF/poetry/hybrid forms]