Misha Rai is the 2018-2020 Kenyon Review Fellow in Prose at Kenyon College, where she is at work on her novel-in-progress and other short prose. She also teaches multi-genre creative writing and works for the Kenyon Review.
Her prose has been awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2018), The Dana Award in the Novel Category (2017) for her novel-in-progress, and the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies (2016). She has also been 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 essay, "To Learn About Smoke One Must First Light a Fire," won the 2018 Dogwood Literary Prize in Nonfiction. Her essays have also been finalists for the Sonora Review Essay Prize and The Iowa Review Awards. Her prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, Ninth Letter, Mississippi Review, Indiana Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Sonora Review, The Missouri Review blog, and Crab Orchard Review.
Her writing often focuses on Transnational Stories, Historical and Political Fiction, History, Literary Suspense, 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 is also working on a collection of essays.