2017 Shansi Prize Winner: Sarah Chatta

The 2017 winner of the Shansi Prize is Sarah Chatta for her beautifully written and fascinating Creative Writing Capstone, “Writing Oral Histories of Partition.” Sarah's project grew out of the fifteen oral histories she collected over two months in India on a Shansi In-Asia Grant during the summer of 2014. The personal stories explore the impact of the 1947 Partition on individual lives and are a combination of oral and written histories, ethnography and memoir. The project's multidisciplinary method was informed by sources in creative writing, South Asian history, Punjabi language and literature, and postcolonial studies. Her informants were friends and family from communities in Delhi and

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