Piyali Bhattacharya: Abrams Artist-In-Residence, Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing
Piyali Bhattacharya has been named Abrams Artist-In-Residence at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing. Artists in Residence are outstanding visual artists, musicians, writers, and other creative practitioners who work with students and faculty.
Ms. Bhattacharya is a fiction and non-fiction writer whose short stories and essays have appeared in Plow shares, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journaland National geographicamong other publications.
She is the editor of the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Girls on Obedience and Rebellionwhich received an Independent Publisher Book Award.
Her work has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and ARGS.
Ms Bhattacharya holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College, an MA from SOAS University London and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she won the Peter Straub Prize for fiction. From the Kelly Writers House at Penn, she also received the 2022-2023 Beltran Family Award for Innovative Teaching and Mentoring. She is currently working on her first novel.
David C. Abrams, C’83, PAR’12, PAR’15, and Amy L. Abrams, PAR’12, PAR’15, established the Abrams Artists-in-Residence Fund at Penn Arts & Sciences in 2018. M Abrams is a managing partner of Abrams Capital, LLC, an investment firm.
He was a member of the Penn Arts & Sciences Advisory Board from 2010 to 2019. Mr. and Mrs. Abrams have generously supported Penn Arts & Sciences priorities over the years.