Aarti Monteiro is a fiction writer and educator. She was born in south India and has searched for home in many cities, including Bombay, Muscat, Brooklyn, and Evanston.
She holds a BA in English Literature from Grinnell College and an MFA in Fiction from Rutgers University-Newark. Aarti has participated in Voices for our Nations Arts workshop (VONA) and the Tin House Summer Writers' Workshop, and was a writing resident at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has been featured in Cosmonauts Avenue, Epiphany Magazine, and wildness.
Aarti is currently working on a novel in stories that explores how the trauma of migration is passed down over generations. Spanning the second half of the twentieth century and moving into the twenty-first, the book investigates the effect of a double migration, the loss of home, and the stigma of mental illness on a multi-generational family.
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