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 a number of writing residencies and workshops, including Voices for our Nations Arts Workshop (VONA), the Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has been featured in Cosmonauts Avenue, Epiphany Magazine, wildness, and Kweli Jounal.
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. She lives in Chicago.
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