My fiancé Simon, my mother, and I boarded Air Hawaii from the Houston Intercontinental Airport around seven in the morning to visit my dying…Read More
Keya Mitra is currently an assistant professor of creative writing and literature at Pacific University and graduated in 2010 with a doctorate from the University of Houston¹s Creative Writing Program, where she also earned her MFA. She also worked as an assistant professor of creative writing at Gonzaga University for three years. In 2008, Keya spent a year in India on a Fulbright grant in creative writing. Keya¹s fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review (in 2011 and 2015), Arts and Letters, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Southwest Review, Slush Pile, Best New American Voices, Ontario Review, The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, Orchid, Event, Fourteen Hills, Torpedo, and Confrontation. She has completed a novel as well as a short-story collection and memoir. Furthermore, one of Keya¹s novels has been a semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and her short story collection has been a finalist for the Bakeless Prize, the Flannery O¹Connor Short Fiction Award, and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and a semifinalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Award. In 2005, Keya received a work-study scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writer¹s Conference. Keya also had the privilege of working as a fiction editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts for two years.