Chaitali Sen

Chaitali Sen is the author of the novel The Pathless Sky. Her short fiction and essays appear in New England Review, New Ohio Review, Colorado Review, Catapult, LitHub, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other journals. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she founded the interview series Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice.

When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer

I could have retired after a period in which the biology department of our College of Natural Sciences split into two. I had served as the department secretary for thirty years and had already submitted my retirement papers, but I…