Eshani Surya was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease in 2015 at the age of 21, when she was still in college. After her diagnosis at a formative age, she came to see her illness as a piece of what helped her become who she is today: a thoughtful, strong, and more empathetic person.
Today, Eshani is a writer and educator who has worked at the University of Arizona, Clemson University, and the University of Pennsylvania. As a literary writer, her work has appeared in Joyland, [PANK], Literary Hub, Catapult, and more. She is the winner of the Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Flash Fiction and the Hub City/Emrys Writing Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies. She currently lives in Philadelphia, PA with her partner and whiny cat.