Sanjena Sathian is the author of GOLD DIGGERS, which was named a Top 10 Best Book of 2021 by the Washington Post, a Best Book of 2021 by NPR and Amazon, and longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. She is working on the TV adaptation with Mindy Kaling’s production company, Kaling International. Her second novel is forthcoming from Penguin Press.
Her short fiction appears in The Atlantic, Conjunctions, Boulevard, The Southern Humanities Review, Salt Hill Journal, and more, and is anthologized in the Best American Short Stories 2022. She’s written nonfiction for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Drift, Lithub, and more.
Between 2022 and 2024, she will be a Fiction Fellow at Emory University.
She was raised in Georgia by South Indian immigrant parents, and holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.