New York, New York, USA

Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture

About the Author:

Gaiutra Bahadur is the author of Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture. The book was shortlisted for the UK’s Orwell Prize, the international literary award for artful political writing. She has won residencies and fellowships for creative nonfiction from the MacDowell Artists Colony, Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy, among others. Her debut fiction, the short story “The Stained Veil,” was first published by the Commonwealth Writers Foundation in London and is forthcoming in the anthologies Go Home! (New York: The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2018) and The Red Hen Anthology of Contemporary Indian Writing (Pasadena, California: Red Hen Press, 2019).

Bahadur’s journalism and literary criticism have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Lapham’s Quarterly and Dissent Magazine, among other publications. For her decade’s work as a daily newspaper staff writer, she was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard in 2007-2008.


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