Nonfiction Writer Sanjiv Bhattacharya Visits UM

Sanjiv Bhattacharya

Writer Sanjiv Bhattacharya gave a craft lecture titled “The I's Have It: First Person Structure in Nonfiction” at noon on Friday, Feb. 23, in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. He reads at 7 p.m., also in the Dell Brown Room.

Bhattacharya is presently the US Correspondent for Esquire (UK), a member of the non-fiction faculty at the Pacific University MFA program in Oregon, and a freelancer for various titles, such as TelegraphThe Guardian and others. Originally from London, he became a features editor at GQ Magazine in the UK before moving to Los Angeles in 2000 - where he has written about subcultures, fringe groups, celebrities & entertainment, crime and lifestyle. In 2005, his documentary about Mormon polygamy aired on Channel Four and led to his book length investigation, Secrets and Wives (Soft Skull Press, 2011). In 2008 he went to India for a couple of years to edit men’s lifestyle magazines in both Bombay and Delhi. He has been nominated three times for PPA Consumer Magazine Writer of the Year, in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Both the lecture and the reading are free and open to the public, sponsored by the President’s Writers-in-Residence Series and the UM Creative Writing Program.

For more information email Creative Writing Program Coordinator Karin Schalm at