My new book is THESE AMERICANS, an award-winning collection of short stories and a novella published by Minerva Rising Press. On the strength of this book, I have been selected as a Fiction Fellow for the 2021 Sewanee Writers' Conference. My novel And Laughter Fell From the Sky was published in 2012 by HarperCollins. My short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. I was a finalist for the 2014 PEN Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, and received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Washington, DC Commission on the Arts. I was born and raised in Ohio. My parents are immigrants from India. My name is pronounced JOE-tsnah SHREE-nee-vah-sun. My nickname is "Jo".