Po Bhattacharyya

Lance Cleland

Po Bhattacharyya is a writer and designer of South Asian extraction, currently based in Oakland, CA. His work has appeared in the Johannesburg Review of Books, the Wire, the New York Times, and other publications. He is a 2023 NEA Distinguished Fellow at the Hambidge Center. More at www.pobhattacharyya.com.

Project Description: This summer, he’ll be working on ORDINARY DEVOTION, which tracks the evolution of the pubescent Indian state as seen through the lens of one family living in West Bengal. The novel is inspired by his grandmother, who is eighty-five and lives in Kolkata, where she often grumbles about the boredom of old age—a fate no revolutionary deserves.