PIA GHOSH-ROY grew up in Calcutta, India. After many creatively exciting and manic years in advertising—in ad agencies in Calcutta, Bangalore, Mumbai and London—she wrote her first short story, which was published in Litro. Since then, her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Ambit, CRAFT, Lunch Ticket, Structo, River Teeth, Berfrois and other journals, along with prize anthologies.
She’s the winner of the 2017 Hamlin Garland Award for her short story The Resurrection of Rakesh Sharma, and the 2019 Cagibi Macaron Prize for her non-fiction Separated by the Wingspan of a Moth. Her work has been placed in the Aestas Fabula Press Award, and short- and longlisted for the Brighton Prize, Bath Short Story Award, Berlin Writing Prize and Fish Short Story Prize amongst others.
Pia is currently working on her first novel, and a collection of short stories. She lives in Cambridge (UK) with her husband and young daughter.
“I found The Resurrection of Rakesh Sharma to be captivating from the opening sentence. Told in a mythic voice infused with melancholy and wonder, the story has a strange and almost old-fashioned haunted quality that shimmers off its elegant sentences. This is not simply a tale of transformation and escape, but a tale that reflects the surreal blend of hopelessness, desperation, and envy that comes with poverty, something incredibly difficult to capture in a short and lyrical story. The Resurrection of Rakesh Sharma does this with an effortless grace and an innovative structure, making it a story that feels both classic and contemporary, and ultimately, wise.” | Dean Bakopoulos, author of Summertime