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 Review, Lapham’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.
Rescued from the Footnotes of History: Lal Bihari Sharma’s “Holi Songs of Demerara”
A rare songbook from British Guiana explores the experience of colonial indenture....