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Tishani Doshi

Carlo Pizzati

Tishani Doshi (b 1975, India) is a poet, novelist and dancer of Welsh-Gujarati descent.

Described by American author Gary Shteyngart as “one of the world’s best poets”, she is the author of three poetry collections and three novels. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers (2010), was longlisted for the Orange Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; her latest, Small Days and Nights (2019), was an Irish Times Book of the Year. Her most recent poetry collection, Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. In 2012, she was India’s representative at the Poetry Parnassus event in London.

She performed internationally as the lead dancer in the Chandralekha Troupe, and her diverse career has also included stints as a cricket columnist and a synchronised swimmer. She is currently based in Tamil Nadu, India.

I admire these poems because they are masterly formal inventions. But I return to them, again and again, for the elegy and the urgency and the prophecy.

Jeet Thayil on Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods

A shattering study of disaffection and belonging … This is a concise novel of staggering depth … Disturbing, deep and utterly extraordinary.

Bidisha, The Guardian on Small Days and Nights
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