Portrait of Balli Kaur Jaswal

Balli Kaur Jaswal

Balli Kaur Jaswal grew up in Singapore, Japan, Russia and the Philippines. She attended Hollins University and George Mason University in the United States, where she attended creative writing workshops and began writing short stories.

Her short fiction has been published in EGO Magazine, Drunken Boat and Rosebud. Jaswal’s short story ‘Painters’ was nominated for the 2008 Pushcart Prize.

Jaswal wrote her debut novel, Inheritance, during her year-long tenure as the David TK Wong Fellow at the University of East Anglia. What started as a short story about a young man attempting to preserve his past became a novel about a family and a nation struggling with its identity. She currently lives in Melbourne, where she teaches English at John Monash Science School.