Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident (UWAP) published in India and South Asia as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney (Speaking Tiger). She was born and brought up in Mumbai, India. She attended St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and came to Australia in 1998 as an international student. The Permanent Resident won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural Prize 2018, and was longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award 2018. Her writing has been compared to the work of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri.
Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has a PhD (UNSW), has been an invited Keynote Speaker and panelist at numerous literary events. She has been facilitating creative writing workshops for all ages within communities as well as at schools and in the university sector for many years. She is a recipient of grants through the Australia Council for the Arts, is a recipient fellowships and residencies at Varuna and Bundanon, was the UNSW – Copyright Agency Writer-in-Residence 2018 and received The Bridge Awards’ inaugural Varuna – Cove Park Writing Residency 2019 (Scotland). Roanna works as a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of New South Wales and at New York University (Sydney campus). She currently serves on the Board of Writing NSW.