Manini Samarth teaches classes in literature, rhetoric and writing, and women’s studies. Her research interests include the history of the Anglophone novel and the matrix of race and gender as it shapes emerging voices in postcolonial and modern British fiction.
Her articles and stories have appeared in periodicals including Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Chelsea, The Malahat Review, Boston Review, Words and Images, The London Magazine and Stand, and in the anthologies Signals (Ed. Alan Ross, Constable Press, UK), Rooted and Branching: Women Worldwide (Ed. Dorothy Nyce, Goshen, IN), and The O’Henry Festival Stories (Greensboro, NC). Her short stories have won the Chelsea Award in Short Fiction, the Boston Review Short Story Award (now the Aura Estrada Short Story Award), the BBC World Service International Short Story Award (Co-winner in 2000, and Runner-Up in 2005); the Andre Dubus Short Story Award; and the Stand Magazine (U.K.) International Short Story Award. She has been awarded a Literature Fellowship (Fiction) from the Indiana Arts Council, and two Literature Fellowships (Fiction) from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her work has been featured by InterAct Theatre Company, Philadelphia, in their Writing Aloud performance series; and her stories have been broadcast internationally on the BBC literary program Off the Shelf. She is currently working on a collection of short fiction, a version of which was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize.