Gaiutra Bahadur

Gaiutra Bahadur is a Guyanese-American writer. Her book Coolie Woman (2013) was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. She is a contributor to the essay anthologies Nonstop Metropolis (2016) and Living on the Edge of the World (2007), and her short fiction appears in the Feminist Press collection Go Home! (2018). Her criticism and journalism have appeared in The New York Times Book ReviewLapham’s Quarterly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Dissent, and The Nation, among other publications. The MacDowell Colony, Harvard, the Bellagio Center in Italy, and the New Jersey Council on the Arts have supported her creative nonfiction through fellowships and residencies. A lyric essay previewing her current book project, which explores the idea of America through its 20th-century entanglements with her home country, has appeared in the Australian literary magazine The Griffith Review.


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Open to any author writing in English about the Chicanx/Latinx experience, the Rivera Book Prize is committed to the discovery and fostering of extraordinary writing by a first-time or early career author whose work examines the long and varied contributions of Chicanx/Latinx in the US. The Rivera Book Prize aims to provide a platform that showcases the emerging literary talent of the Chicanx/Latinx community, to cultivate the next generation of Chicanx/Latinx writers, and to continue the rich literary memory of Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet, activist, and educator.

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