Ranbir Singh Sidhu writes stories, essays and plays, takes photographs, and dreams of making movies. He has worked as an archaeologist, book store clerk, projectionist, PR guy, communications trainer with the United Nations in Sri Lanka, assistant to the playwright Edward Albee, and, among many other jobs, once spent a year assisting Joanna Steichen, widow of the photographer Edward Steichen, catalog her personal collection of photographs.
He is the author of the story collection Good Indian Girls, and a winner of the Pushcart Prize in Fiction and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and other awards. A new essay is forthcoming at Terrain.org and his debut novel will be published in early 2016.
His stories have appeared in Conjunctions, The Georgia Review, Fence, Zyzzyva, The Missouri Review, Other Voices, The Happy Hypocrite, The Literary Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Barcelona Review, Word Riot and many other journals and anthologies. His essays and reviews appear in Salon, The Nation, Artnet, and other publications, and his photography appears in Portland Review and F-Stop Magazine.
“Ranbir Sidhu is imaginative, with a dry, sly wit, very intelligent, and owns a wicked sensibility, all of which makes his fiction smart, daring, sensitive to human perversity, and keen in its observations. He is one of the most compelling and sophisticated younger writers today; and his writing is beautiful and entertaining.”
Lynne Tillman, author of American Genius A Comedy, and No Lease On Life
“When I first met Ranbir Sidhu, he was a resident at the Edward F. Albee Foundation in Montauk and while there, he displayed tremendous talent and dedication. His work takes risks, is often daring and imaginative, and I appreciate the intelligence he brings to his craft. I look forward to reading his new collection of stories, Good Indian Girls.”
Edward Albee, author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
“Whenever I pick up a story by Ranbir Sidhu, I feel as though I’ve been released from the cedarwood closet of literature into the fresh air of active creation; as though I’d been fitted with brand-new high-tech earphones picking up an infinity of eloquent microphones cleverly scattered around the world.”
Harry Mathews, author of My Life in CIA, Cigarettes and The Journalist
“The first-person narrator of ‘The Good Poet of Africa’ despises poetry, repays compassion with insult, and enjoys lying to children. but, by story’s end, the moral universe will be turned on its head, and the reader will empathize with Ranbir Sidhu’s loathsome protagonist. This is writing of uncommon assurance and skill.”
Jeet Thayil, author of Narcopolis
“Achingly merciless, London-born author Sidhu’s 12 short stories sharply delineate the edges of identity and sanity…These haunting tales simultaneously attract and repel, enchant and shatter…Sidhu creates inscrutable characters inhabiting bewildering circumstances. Smart, provocative and poignantly disturbing, this collection, the author’s U.S. debut, signals a writer to watch.”
Kirkus Review (Starred review)