About Me

Bix Gabriel is a writer, teacher at Butler University, fiction editor at The Offing magazine, co-founder of TakeTwo Services, occasional Tweeter, and seeker of the perfect jalebi.

She has a M.F.A in Fiction from Indiana University, and is completing a novel involving the war on terror and Bangladesh’s 1971 war for independence, set in New York City, Dhaka, and Guantánamo Bay.

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • M.F.A (Fiction), Indiana University-Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana (May 2018)
  • M.A. Media Studies, New School for Social Research, New York (December 2002)
  • M.A. Communication, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad (April 1999)
  • VONA (Voices of Our Nation’s Arts) Miami Workshop with Chris Abani (January 2013)
  • Gotham Writers’ Workshop: Fiction 101 (Jan-April 2011), Advanced Fiction (Sept – Dec 2012)
  • Travel Channel Academy Certificate in Video Journalism (July 2007)

WORK EXPERIENCE

Visiting Instructor, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN 

  • Fall and Spring 2018
    Two-semester first-year seminar course, “Coming to America: What is Immigrant Literature?”.

Future Faculty Teaching Fellow, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN 

  • Spring 2018
    First-year seminar course in critical thinking and literature in conjunction with Butler University’s Visiting Writers Series
    “Introduction to Creative Writing: Prose” — fiction and creative nonfiction — to undergraduate students at the 200 level.
  • Fall 2017
    “Reading For Writing” a class on examining literature for craft to MFA students.
    “Introduction to Creative Writing: Prose” — fiction and creative nonfiction — to undergraduate students at the 200 level.

Associate Instructor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 

  • Spring 2017
    “Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction” 200-level undergraduate class.
  • Fall 2016
    “Literary Editing and Publishing”200-level undergraduate class.
  • Fall 2014 – Spring 2015
    Discussion sections of “Introduction to Creative Writing” — fiction and poetry — 100-level undergraduates.

Lifelong Learning Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 

  • Spring 2018
    “Eat, Memory,”Six-week personal essay writing to ‘lifelong’ students.
  • Fall 2017
    “Write Every Day? Developing A Writing Habit through Short Fiction,”creative writing (prose) to ‘lifelong’ students.
  • Spring 2017
    “In A Flash – 1,000 Word Fiction” to ‘lifelong’ students.
  • Fall 2016
    “Telling My Tale: Memoir as a Form of Storytelling,” memoir writing to ‘lifelong’ students.
  • Spring 2016
    “The Food of Fiction: A Workshop to Cook up Stories” to ‘lifelong’ students.

Creative Writing Instructor, Girls Inc., Bloomington, IN

  • Spring and Fall 2015
    Creative writing workshops for students in grades 3-5 in an after-school program.

Associate Director, Indiana University Writers’ Conference, Bloomington, IN

  • September 2015 – July 2017
    Co-managed the Indiana University Writers’ Conference (IUWC) for two years, including selecting faculty, promoting the event, managing interns, and logistics.

Fiction Editor, The Offing magazine

  • April 2015 to present
    Read, select, and edit fiction for The Offing magazine.

Contributing Editor, Boulevard magazine

  • January 2018 – present
    Read, select, and edit fiction and nonfiction for Boulevard magazine.

PUBLICATIONS

AWARDS

  • 2018
    Finalist, -1000 Below: Flash Prose and Poetry Contest, judged by Lesley Nnekh Arimah, Midway Journal, October 2018
    Awardee, Butler Cohort of the CIC Consortium for Instructional Excellence and Career Guidance, August 2018
    Recipient, Asian American Studies Graduate Student Travel Award, April 2018
  • 2017
    Awardee, Indiana University, Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship, January 2017
  • 2016
    Recipient, Asian American Studies Graduate Student Research Award, April 2016
    Recipient, IU Grant-in-Aid of MFA Project, April 2016
  • 2015
    Winner, Ross Lockridge Jr. Award in Creative Writing, April 2015
    Semi-finalist, PRISM International Fiction Prize 2015
  • 2012
    CDC Injury Center’s General Public Award for co-directing and co-writing Sh*t Men Say to Men Who Say Sh*t to Women on the Street video, with over 375,000 views
    Finalist in the Fiction category of the Summer Literary Seminars’ 2012 SLS Unified Contest
  • 2005 
    Finalist for Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies’ Lange-Taylor Prize, 2005
  • 2004
    Winner, Best Experimental Film Award at the New York Women of Color Film Festival for directing and editing “Puff” – a documentary film, 2004

RECENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • 2018
    Moderator: “’Over There’ Over Here: Women Writing War” War, Literature & the Arts Conference, Colorado Springs, September 2018
    Moderator and Panelist: “Who Are We Writing For? Who Are We Writing Toward?” AWP2018 Association of Writer & Writing Programs Annual Conference, Tampa, March 2018
  • 2017
    Discussion Facilitator, Reading Group on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Refugees”, Indiana University, October 2017
    Participant, Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) Retreat, May 2017
    Speaker, Asian American Studies Program Recognition Reception, Indiana University, April 2017
    Presenter, “Writing Guantánamo: Literature, Memory, & Justice” at 2017 Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, “Words Matter: Politics, Rhetoric, and Social Justice,” at Indiana University, Bloomington, March 2017
    Presenter, “Picturing Guantánamo: How Do We See A Place & People” at 11th Annual Indiana University Landscape, Space, and Place Conference, Indiana University, March 2017
    Panelist, “Rising Up: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, & Sikh communities in post-9/11 America”, Indiana University, February 2017
  • 2016
    Speaker, “The Meaning of Words,” International Education Week, Indiana University, November 2016
    Tabling and Attendee, AWP2016 Association of Writer & Writing Programs Annual Conference, Los Angeles, March 2016
    Presenter, “The Meaning of Food in The Novel The Meaning of Words” at 2016 Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Digesting Discourses: Taste, Appetite, and Consumption, Indiana University, March 2016