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SJ Sindu (Sinduja Sathiyaseelan)


Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

Phone: 647-601-4559
Location: HW 315A


SJ Sindu is a Tamil-American author and educator. Sindu’s first novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, won the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and the Golden Crown Literary Society Award for Debut Fiction, was selected by the American Library Association as a Stonewall Honor Book, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the VCU First Novelist Award. Her second novel, Blue-Skinned Gods, is forthcoming in 2021 from Soho Press. Sindu holds an M.A. in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a PhD in English from Florida State University.


PhD in English (Florida State University), MA in English (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)


AWP, Mensa

Teaching Interests

Fiction writing, creative nonfiction, novel writing, hybrid forms, gender and sexuality, queer studies, trans studies, postcolonial studies

Research Interests

Narratology, queer theory, postcolonial theory


Creative Writing:

 Blue-Skinned Gods (novel, Soho Press, 2021)

Marriage of a Thousand Lies (novel, Soho Press, 2017)

I Once Met You But You Were Dead (chapbook, Split Lip Press, 2016)

Critical Writing:

“Women vs. modernity in Rajinikanth’s Tamil-language films: the mother, the good woman, the modern virgin, and the angry feminist.” Studies in South Asian Film and Media. Forthcoming 2019.

“Negotiating the Bi-nary: Strategic Ambiguity and the Non-Nameable Identity in the Classroom.” Writing on the Edge. Fall 2014.