S180. Good Girls Marry Doctors: Diasporic Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion

Room 407, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


The diverse women on this panel have essays in the new collection Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion, and discuss the courage it took to write those brutally honest pieces, what it means to air the proverbial dirty laundry of their families in public, and how to tear away at the protective layering that inevitably surrounds a nonfiction piece about the self.


Piyali Bhattacharya is editor of the NEA grant-winning anthology, Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion. She has published essays in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and NatGeo, and fiction in Ploughshares and NANO Fiction. She is completing an MFA in fiction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Jyothi Natarajan is managing editor at the Asian American Writers' Workshop where she edits the Margins, an arts and ideas magazine featuring the work of Asian American writers, artists, and thinkers. She was previously an editor at the Caravan magazine, and prior to that worked in book publishing.

Natasha Singh is a two-time winner of the Canada Council Grant for writers. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Threepenny Review, South Asia Review, Crab Orchard Review, Glimmer Train, and several feminist journals and anthologies. She earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Phiroozeh Romer's work has appeared in the Karachi Literature Festival Anthology. She is an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

Ayesha Mattu's groundbreaking anthologies—Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women and Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, & Intimacy—captivated global media and readers. Ayesha is an alumna of VONA/Voices writers’ workshop and a member of The Grotto.


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