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Ranbir Sidhu is a Pushcart Prize-winning author who writes novels, essays and plays, takes photographs, and dreams of making movies. His first novel, Deep Singh Blue, was released in the US in March 2016 by Unnamed Press and in India by Fourth Estate/HarperCollins. A novella, Object Lessons (in 12 Sides w/Afterglow), was published in a limited edition by Run/Off Editions in late 2016.
He is the author of the story collection Good Indian Girls (which received a Kirkus starred review), the chapbook The Fabulary, and is a winner of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, among other awards. His essay, “The Indian Wedding that Exploded in Violence,” was selected as one of the Notable Essays in Best American Essays 2016, edited by Jonathan Franzen.
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Photo: Diane Savage
His stories have appeared in Conjunctions, The Georgia Review, The Byword, 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. New stories recently appeared in Arcturus and Chicago Quarterly Review.
His essays and reviews appear in Vice, The Wire, The Towner, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Terrain, The Nation, Artnet, The Millions, and other publications, and his photography appears in Portland Review and F-Stop Magazine.
Born in London, he grew up in California and 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 renowned photographer Edward Steichen, catalog her personal collection of photographs.
He currently hides on the island of Crete.
All photographs by Ranbir Sidhu, unless otherwise stated.