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Doshi, Tishani

Tishani Doshi

Elected: 2023

Image credit: Carlo Pizzati

Tishani Doshi publishes poetry, fiction and essays. For 15 years she worked as the lead dancer of the Chandralekha company, and the body has been a central preoccupation in her work. Since her debut, Countries of the Body, which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, she has sought to find joineries between the lyric and the political. Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods headlined the All About Women Festival at the Sydney Opera House and was shortlisted for a Ted Hughes Award. Her novels, The Pleasure Seekers and Small Days and Nights, have been shortlisted for the Hindu Fiction Prize, Tata Fiction Award and the RSL Ondaatje Prize. She is a visiting Associate Professor at New York University Abu Dhabi.

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