Department of English

University of Toronto

Sathiyaseelan, Sinduja

SJ Sindu (Sinduja Sathiyaseelan) SJ Sindu
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Teaching Stream
Office Location: University of Toronto Scarborough, 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. Spring 2017.

“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. Spring 2011.

“Playing Princess.” Harpur Palate. Summer 2008.

Creative Nonfiction
“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.

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