Sathiyaseelan, SindujaSJ Sindu (Sinduja Sathiyaseelan)
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Teaching Stream
Office Location: UTSC, Humanities Building
Teaching and Research Interests
Fiction writing, nonfiction writing, hybrid genres, queer studies, transgender studies, postcolonial studies, feminist studies, literature of the Sri Lankan diaspora
B.A. (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), M.A. in English (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Ph.D. in Creative Writing (Florida State University)
Marriage of a Thousand Lies (New York City, Soho Press, 2017). Novel.
I Once Met You But You Were Dead (Philadelphia, Split Lip Press, 2016). Hybrid chapbook.Short Fiction:
“Fundraising.” War, Literature & the Arts.
“Patriots’ Day.” Fifth Wednesday Journal
. Fall 2016.
“SpoDew.” Queen Mob’s Teahouse
. Fall 2016.
“Tractor Town” and “Selenium Sulfide.” The Normal School
. Fall 2016.
“Take the Boy.” PRISM International
. Summer 2016.
“I Like to Imagine Daisy from Mrs. Dalloway as an Indian Woman.” Apt
. June 2016.
“Yellow School Buses.” Vinyl Poetry and Prose
. March 2016.
“Miracle Boy.” Fiction Vortex
. April 2014.
“Husband Hunting.” Rio Grande Review.
“Playing Princess.” Harpur Palate
. Summer 2008.
“Writers Recommend: Aquariums.” Poets & Writers. September 2017.
“Imagine This: Revolutionary Queerness in Born Confused.” Brown Girl Magazine. September 2017.
“Balancing Bollywood Inspirations with American Expectations.” Literary Hub. June 2017.
“Think Music: Musical Inspirations for Marriage of a Thousand Lies.” Memorious. June 2017.
“Draupadi Walks Alone at Night.” Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion. Ed. Piyali Bhattacharya. Aunt Lute Books. September 2016.
“Sanctuary: Jeanette Winterson Saved My Life.” Los Angeles Review of Books. April 2016.
“In Conversation: Writers SJ Sindu & Gabrielle Bellot on the Publishing Industry, Marginalized Identities, and Being Labeled a Queer Writer.” Lambda Literary Review. Co-authored with Gabrielle Bellot. March 2016.
“Dangerous Art: Thoughts about Danticat’s Immigrant Artist and the Creation Myth.” VIDA Exclusives. February 2016.
“You Can Keep Your Bold Riley: Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation.” Black Girl Dangerous. Fall 2014.
“Mirrors Like Silence.” Rkvry Quarterly. Fall 2012.
“SR-9.” Brevity. January 2012.
“Test Group 4: Womanhood and Other Failures.” Water~Stone Review. Fall 2011.
“River Seeds.” The Tipton Poetry Journal. Summer 2013.
“The Edges of Her.” The MacGuffin. Winter 2012.
“Daughterson.” JMWW. Spring 2012.
“Cocoon.” Sinister Wisdom, Issue #81. Summer 2010.
Peer-reviewed Critical Publications:
“Women vs. modernity in Rajinikanth’s Tamil-language films: the mother, the good woman, the modern virgin, and the angry feminist.” Studies in South Asian Film and Media. Forthcoming 2019.
“Negotiating the Bi-nary: Strategic Ambiguity and the Non-Nameable Identity in the Classroom.” Writing on the Edge. Fall 2014.