ABOUT MATHANGI

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Mathangi Subramanian is an award winning writer, author, and educator. A former public school teacher, senior policy analyst for the New York City Council, and assistant vice president at Sesame Workshop, Mathangi Subramanian's work has appeared in The Washington Post.com, Al Jazeera America, Quartz, The Hindu, The Wire, The Indian Express, Skipping Stones, Thinkling, and the Seal Press anthology Click! When We Knew We Were Feminists, among others.

She has received various fellowships, including a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholarship, a Jacob Javits Fellowship, and an Office of Policy and Research Fellowship from Columbia Teachers College, where she completed her doctorate in communications and education in 2010. 

In 2016, she won the South Asia Book Award for her novel Dear Mrs. Naidu. 

In 2015, her short story Banu the Builder won the Middle Grades category of the 2015 Katherine O. Paterson Prize, and her short story Half Wild was shortlisted for the Out of Print-DNA short fiction contest. In 2016, her short story Perfectly Clear was awarded an honorable mention in the Reynolds Prize for Fiction. These stories are excerpts from her forthcoming book A People’s History of Heaven, which will be published March 19, 2019 by Algonquin Books. 

Praise for Perfectly Clear, honorable mention, 2016 Reynolds Prize for Fiction:

The piece uses exquisite language to describe both the societal forces that constrain [the protagonist] and the faraway orphanage that offers her a freedom that only the third-­person narrator can see. At work is the hand of a writer who is very adept at sharing both the brutality of oppressive forces and the magic that allows one to transcend them.” - Jacinda Townsend, 2016 judge, author of Saint Monkey.