Talia Lakshmi Kolluri

Talia Lakshmi Kolluri’s short fiction has appeared in The Minnesota Review, Ecotone, Southern Humanities Review, The Common, and elsewhere. She was born and raised in Northern California and currently lives in California’s beautiful Central Valley with her husband and cat.

Author Events

12:00 am EST
Asian American Writers Workshop + City Lights Bookstore


7:00 pm PST
In Person
What We Fed to the Manticore Launch Event
In conversation with Melissa Chadburn

1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

1:00 pm EST
IG Live Book Club Chat with Amerie's Book Club
7:00 pm EST
The Writer's Center Virtual Craft Chat


  • Exquisite. . . . exceptional. . . . This remarkable collection leaves an indelible mark.

    —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

  • Stupendous. . . . breathtaking. . . . remarkable.

    —Booklist, Starred Review

  • Vivid, imaginative, spellbinding. . . . Kolluri’s prose reads like a beautiful song as it soars over the savannah and under the sea.

    —Shelf Awareness

  • What We Fed to the Manticore is a work of incredible imagination and daring, asking us to recognize the inner lives of whales, donkeys and pigeons to be as complex and deep as our own. The stories in this collection are gorgeously written and richly emotionally textured; in Talia Kolluri’s hands, the familiar world we live in comes freshly to life. I looked up from the last page to find that my own world—and my heart—had become bigger.

    —Claire Comstock-Gay, author of Madame Clairevoyant’s Guide to the Stars

  • If like me, you fell in love with Fiver and Hazel and Charlotte and Wilbur as a child and have been looking ever since for stories that work that same magic—here they are. This spellbinding collection reminds us that every animal story is a human one, and every human story an animal one. These stories work like incantations.

    —Ayse Papatya Bucak, author of The Trojan War Museum: and Other Stories

  • Kolluri delivers a dazzling, daring bestiary brimming over with textured, tender lives. A most magnificent debut!

    —Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of World of Wonders

  • The voicing of other species is an ancient, vulnerable, and utterly human practice. For millennia, we’ve placed our stories inside non-human animals not only to celebrate these creatures, but to see the ways our own natures bend and twist in a new set of stripes. The fiction in this deft collection proves that what we call ‘humanity’ exists within a menagerie of other beings, but it also showcases the mind of the one human animal regaling us with her singular wit and wonder. How lovely to get to know a storyteller like Talia Lakshmi Kolluri while she winks at us from inside the minds of a tiger, a vulture, a donkey, a whale.

    —Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses