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Writer and Teacher

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Kuhu Joshi is the author of My Body Didn't Come Before Me (Speaking Tiger, 2023), a collection of poems exploring disability, deformity and girlhood which was selected by Arundhathi Subramaniam as the recipient of an annual first-book award instituted by the Khiwani Bequest & Speaking Tiger. She traces her lineage to the mountains of Kumaon in Uttarakhand, India, and has lived in New Delhi most of her life before migrating to New York.


She received her MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College where she was a Jane Cooper Poetry Fellow and studied with Marie Howe, Vijay Seshadri, Dennis Nurkse, and several brilliant colleagues and professors. Her work has been published in Poetry, Four Way Review, Best New Poets, Rattle, SWWIM, and other prominent literary magazines. She has received support from the Academy of American Poets, Napa Valley Writers Conference, Teaching Artist Project, and Vermont Studio Center.


She currently teaches creative writing and English composition as an adjunct professor at Pace University, Fordham University, and at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. She has a Masters in Economics from The Graduate Institute, Geneva, and used to be a researcher specializing in gender and development economics. She worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute in New Delhi where she conducted field-work and wrote for academic journals. 


Her second poetry manuscript was a finalist for the Black Lawrence Press Immigrant Writing Series. 

She is also a plant mom, abstract artist, and yogi. She has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis at age 12.

She is currently working on a memoir on living with scoliosis. 

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