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I like to write vivid, provocative stories that linger in readers’ minds. My passion is to tell tales about people; to bring out the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary.

Moni Basu

Narrative Nonfiction Program Director

Moni Basu is the Michael and Linda Connelly Lecturer in Narrative Nonfiction at the University of Florida, where she’s known as Prof. B. Moni worked as a reporter and editor for 35 years before becoming a full-time professor.

Basu, recently named program director, still writes as a freelancer and her most recent work has been published in the Bitter Southerner and Flamingo magazine. She loves terrific storytelling. Her 2012 e-book, Chaplain Turner’s War (Agate Publishing) grew from a series of stories on an Army chaplain in Iraq. A platoon sergeant gave her the name “Evil Reporter Chick” and she was featured once as a war reporter in a Marvel comics series. Moni’s work has been recognized with national and international accolades, but she is most proud of her latest award: the 2020 University of Florida Teacher of the Year. Born in Kolkata, India, Moni grew up straddling two cultures, which explains her interest in exploring the complexities of race, ethnicity and identity. English is not her first language and she has never taken a class in journalism.

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