Suneeta Misra (Washington, D.C.)
Suneeta Misra has been a teacher in the Maryland school district of the Washington, D.C., metro area for the last twenty years. She likes to tell stories and has written and directed several documentary and short feature films, with the state of rural education in India as a backdrop. Most of her stories focus on strong female protagonists in a rural Indian landscape because this environment is patriarchal in nature and has seen many crimes against women. These include honor killings of girls who dare marry outside the community, female infanticide, child marriage, and widow burning. She has recently published her first novel, Rani of Rampur, and a novelette, Of Kings and Queens, both of which are set in mythical Indian villages and center on strong female characters. She has also written several short stories and screenplays which she hopes to turn into films one day.