Biographical Information:

Dates: 1971-
Dates in Ridgefield: 1985-2003

fiction, short stories
educator

Nalini Jones moved with her family to Ridgefield in 1985. A graduate of Amherst, she got an M.F.A. degree in writing at Columbia University in 2001. While in high school, she wrote a column, as well as features, for The Ridgefield Press. After college she taught at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut, and later, at the Alternative High School in Ridgefield as a substitute teacher. More recently she taught fiction at Fairfield University and creative writing at the 92nd Street Y. She is a Stamford Calderwood Fellow of the MacDonald Colony. Her debut collection of fictional stories, What You Call Winter, published in 2007, draws on her experiences visiting relatives in India; the stories in the book are linked to a fictional Catholic suburb of Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay). The book received glowing notices–of it, Elle Magazine wrote, “[A] momentous debut, a bewitching exploration of what it means to belong, anywhere.”

Title:
What You Call Winter, 2007

--Sources: Ridgefield Press feature, September 2, 2007; www.nalinijones.com; www.amazon.com