Torsa Ghosal

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Torsa Ghosal is the author of a book of literary criticism, Out of Mind (Ohio State University Press), and an experimental novella, Open Couplets (Yoda Press, India). Her fiction and essays have appeared in Necessary Fiction, Literary Hub, Catapult, Bustle, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of English at California State University.


Cover Photo: A photograph of a small child in a dress peeking out from a lush garden.
The Language of Plants Was Shaped By a Colonial Past

The more elaborate my mother’s garden grew, the more elided was the strenuousness of her efforts.

Oct 05, 2022
Cover Photo: An illustration of a pair of brown hands, with red-painted nails, holding up a cell phone to take a photo of the El Capitan peak in Yosemite National Park. The photo is framed as if the land is totally deserted. But beneath the cell phone, in the background, a crowd of tourists stands at the base of the mountain.
Hiking Through the Colonial History of America’s National Parks

There’s a religious ring to the language of appreciating public lands in America. But, as a South Asian woman and a first-generation immigrant, I am not a welcome pilgrim.

Mar 09, 2022
Cover Photo: Karl Grenet via Flickr
How Immigrant Sculptors Shaped an Artists’ Hub Called Kumartuli

This “heritage site” has been home to my family since the 1940s.

Jul 12, 2018