Shruti Swamy

Acclaimed Fiction Writer

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“Swamy’s prose is incantatory and often lovely, swirling in dancelike rhythms.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Sublime, boundary-pushing writing that explores sexuality, creativity, and love.” —NPR

“Swamy’s prose mesmerizes.” –San Francisco Chronicle

Shruti Swamy is the author of the award-winning,  short story collection A House Is a Body (Algonquin Books, 2020), which was longlisted for the Short Story Prize, a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Of the debut, Kiese Laymon says, “Shruti Swamy’s A House Is a Body will not simply be talked about as one of the greatest short story collections of the 2020s; it will change the way the all stories—short and long—are told, written and consumed. There is nothing, no emotion, nor tiny morsel of memory, no touch, that this book does not take seriously. Yet, A House Is a Body might be the most fun I’ve ever had in a short story collection.”

Shruti’s debut novel, The Archer (Algonquin Books, 2021), has been longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. NPR reflects, “The Archer’s affinity and connection to the enchantment of Kathak forms its core and a unique expressive voice. The Archer’s beauty resides in Swamy’s sequential narrative form, which reads like music — at times almost exactly like reading a musical score — but with something more; her words carry the visceral power of a dancer’s intersection with air.”

Winner of two O. Henry Awards, Swamy’s work has appeared in The Paris Review, the Kenyon Review Online, Prairie Schoonerand elsewhere. In 2012, she was Vassar College’s 50th W.K. Rose Fellow, and has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and Hedgebrook. A recipient of a 2018 grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, she is a Kundiman fiction fellow, and a 2017–2018 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University.

She lives in San Francisco.

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Shruti Swamy is the author of the story collection A House Is a Body, which was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and was longlisted for the Story Prize. Her debut novel, The Archer, has been longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her work has been published by the Paris Review and McSweeney’s and anthologized in the O. Henry Prize Stories. She lives in San Francisco.

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