Tishani Doshi

Carlo Pizzati

Tishani Doshi was born in Madras, India in 1975. She received her Master’s in writing from John Hopkins University and worked in London in advertising before returning to India in 2001. At the age of twenty-six, an encounter with the legendary choreographer Chandralekha led her to an unexpected career in dance. In 2006, her book of poems, Countries of the Body, won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection in the UK. She is also the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for poetry, and winner of the All India Poetry Competition. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was published to critical acclaim in 2010 and has been translated into several languages. It was longlisted for the Orange Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Hindu Literary Prize. Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, her third poetry collection, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and a Firecracker Award in 2019. Her most recent book is a novel, Small Days and Nights. She has interviewed over 100 writers about the craft of writing and published essays in The Hindu, Granta, The National, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Corriere della Sera. She lives in Tamil Nadu, India.


Awards and Honors

Forward Poetry Prize

Eric Gregory Award

All-India Poetry Competition Winner

Longlist, Orange Prize

Shortlist, Hindu Literary Prize

International Dublin Literary Award

Shortlist, Ted Hughes Award

Shortlist, Firecracker Award