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Neela Vaswani is author of the short story collection Where the Long Grass Bends, and a memoir, You Have Given Me a Country. Recipient of a 2006 O. Henry Prize and 1999 Italo Calvino Prize, her fiction and nonfiction have been widely anthologized and published in journals such as Epoch, Shenandoah, and Prairie Schooner. She has been a visiting-writer-in-residence at Knox College, the Jimenez-Porter House at the University of Maryland, the Whitney Museum in New York City, IIIT Hyderabad, India, and other institutions. She has a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, lives in New York City, and teaches at Spalding University’s brief-residency MFA in Writing Program. An education activist in India and the United States, Vaswani is founder of the Storylines Project with the New York Public Library.