THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF–
In Winter/Spring 2018, Misha Rai will be a MacDowell Colony Fellow for five weeks at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
On April 5, 2017, the written pages of Misha Rai's novel-in-progress, Blood We Did Not Spill, won the 2016 Dana Award in the Novel Category .
In 2016 Misha Rai became the first-ever Ph.D. in Fiction to be awarded the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies for her novel-in-progress, Blood We Did Not Spill. She is also a 2016-2017 Edward H. and Mary C. Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University and has been the recipient of the 2015 George M. Harper Award.
Misha Rai's essays have been finalists for the Sonora Review Essay Prize, The Iowa Review Awards, and Dogwood: A Journal of Prose and Poetry. Her prose has appeared or is forthcoming in The Gigantic Book of Tiny Crimes, Mississippi Review, Indiana Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Sonora Review, The Missouri Review blog, and Crab Orchard Review.
Her writing often focuses on Transnational Literature, Historical and Political Fiction, Literary History, Detection, Exile–whether self imposed or through banishment, and grapples with the unsettling realities of displacement and that tricky thing called memory.
She was born in Sonipat, Haryana and brought up in India. She currently serves as Associate Reviews Editor at Pleiades.
She is also working on a collection of essays.